Rocky Rockholm wrong-way e-mail raises hackles

Placer County supervisor complains about Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter president's "screwy" e-mails
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Placer County Supervisor Rocky Rockholm is in an animal rights group’s doghouse after an e-mail knocking Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter President Rosemary Frieborn got into the wrong hands. “Do you have any suggestions what we could do to stop getting e-mails from Rosemary in the future?” Rockholm wrote an e-mail meant for County Executive Officer Tom Miller. “I get tempted to answer one of these screwy messages, but I know better than to respond.” But instead of sending the e-mail to Miller, Rockholm inadvertently sent the missive to Frieborn. Frieborn, a persistent watchdog on county animal shelter operations, appeared before the board Tuesday. Wearing a khaki uniform shirt with white armbands, she described herself as state humane officer for her non-profit organization. Frieborn then submitted a copy of the e-mail and criticized Miller for establishing what she described as a “bogus” Animal Services Advisory Committee. Critical of animal shelter practices and funding, Frieborn is a frequent speaker during public comment period at board meetings. “It won’t be this board that’s going to clean up its own sinkhole,” Frieborn said, adding that county voters would “ultimately change the dynamics of this governing body.” Rockholm said Wednesday that he was tired of the e-mails from Frieborn and looking for a way to stop them being sent. Rockholm currently serves as board chairman. “I’ll be more careful in the future,” Rockholm said, declining further comment. Frieborn did e-mail Rockholm back, criticizing the Roseville supervisor for a $10,000 plane charter in the summer to attend a meeting that was initially paid for by taxpayers. Rockholm later apologized for the flight and paid the $10,000 back out of his own pocket. “I’ll bet if you polled your constituents and asked them which is ‘screwier,’ either my platform for government reform or your attempt to rip off the taxpayers for your $10,000 chartered airplane ride, I’ll bet you win that one hands down,” Frieborn said. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at