Calaveras County Planning Commissioner calls Mexicans “invasive species”

“Residents are calling for the Calaveras County Planning Commissioner to resign after he suggested that Mexicans are an ‘invasive species’ during a public meeting,” as KCRA is reporting.

“One commissioner suggested categorizing both animals and plants under the umbrella term ‘invasive species’ to which Commissioner Kelly Wooster replied, ‘including people from Mexico.’

“A seemingly nervous laughter followed, then Commission Chairwoman Fawn McLaughlin said, ‘Whoa, I’m not going to comment on that.’

“Nearly a week later, McLaughlin has asked for a public apology from Wooster.

“’He should absolutely rescind what he said,’ McLaughlin said. ‘He should explain why he said it. Those kinds of comments should not be allowed.’

“McLaughlin said she’d have a hard time remaining on the commission with a fellow commissioner who ‘feels it’s okay to make prejudicial comments.'”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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