I am writing in response to your recent article regarding free speech at the Cameron Park CSD meetings. I am a resident of Cameron Park and began attending board meetings in 2002. I attended monthly meetings for years as a concerned citizen. I didn’t always agree with the board, but I found they were generally trying to act in the best interest of the community. They put in countless hours for very little thanks.
Several years ago a very small, very vocal group of residents started coming to the meetings. They were given time to speak their minds and voice their opinions. They seemed to be determined to hijack the meetings with their anger and negativity. I have been at meetings where foul language was shouted at the board and a glass door slamed so hard I thought it would break. I would describe some of the angry residents as being so full of rage that I wondered how anyone would stay on the board and take that abuse. I can fully understand why some board members may have felt physically threatened.
I don’t see how the board would be capable of conducting any business unless they put limits on public input. I think anything short of letting these few people take over every meeting would be insufficient, in their minds.
In conclusion, if those few angry residents felt threatened by a sheriff’s deputy, maybe they knew their behavior was inappropriate and bordering on illegal.