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After Racism and Threats, San Diego Board of Supervisors Changes Meeting Rules

11/10/21

 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Wednesday in favor of changing procedural rules for public meetings in an effort to curtail hate speech and inappropriate conduct during county meetings.

The vote followed months of vitriolic comments from members of the public that came to a head last week when a speaker wished death on two supervisors and death by suicide on another, and directed a racial slur at Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health director, who is Black.

Disruptive actions, including loud or threatening language, whistling, clapping, stomping, interrupting speakers are now barred at county meetings. The board also agreed to adopt a "code of civil discourse,' guidelines developed by the National Conflict Resolution Center aimed at fostering peaceful and meaningful conversation at public hearings.

Supervisor Joel Anderson was the lone dissenting vote and Supervisor Jim Desmond was absent.

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