The Urban Planning Commission meeting in Vallejo, California last week followed the same humble pattern as so many community meetings: there was a pledge of allegiance and an appeal, followed by various reports.
That was the usual challenge: commissioners with microphones were muted when they tried to be heard. Some of them sometimes appeared half off the screen or talked about each other.
However, about two hours and 24 minutes after the session started, an unexpected turn occurred after one of the commissioners, Chris Platzer, was asked after reviewing a project proposal if he had any comments.
“Yes, this is the area where you can, Commissioner Platzer,” said the chairman of the commission.
The cat meowed loudly again. “OK, first I want to introduce my cat,” said Mr. Platzer, lifting her close to the camera and then throwing it off the screen with two hands.
The cat squeaked as it was thrown and a thud was heard.
A video conference commissioner puts his hands on his forehead and covers his eyes in response.
The meeting ended 26 minutes later, but that was hardly the end.
On Monday, Mr. Platzer resigned from the commission and agreed that several city guides, including the Mayor of Vallejo, Bob Sampayan, were calling for his fall. Robert McConnell, member of the city council and liaison to the planning commission, also requested the removal of Mr. Platzer.
In a resignation email that a city spokeswoman made available to the news media, Mr. Platzer wrote that he no longer had the confidence and support of the city council.
“We all live in uncertain times, and like many of you, I’m certainly adapting to a new normal,” wrote Mr. Platzer. “I did not behave in a manner appropriate to a planner in the Zoom meeting, and I apologized for any damage that I have done.”
Christina Lee, the spokeswoman for the city, located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, condemned Mr. Platzer’s actions on Monday before receiving his resignation.
“The city does not tolerate the behavior that Vallejo Planning Commissioner Chris Platzer demonstrated during the April 20 Planning Commission meeting,” said Ms. Lee. “This type of behavior does not model the basic values of the city of Vallejo.”
After the planning meeting was postponed, Mr. Platzer was heard on explosives, Ms. Lee said, adding that the mayor and Mr. McConnell discussed his behavior immediately after the episode and requested that it be removed within 48 hours.
Stephanie Bell, senior director of human cruelty cases for the ethical treatment of animals, said the group would be willing to “bring the cat into an understanding, loving home” if Mr. Platzer’s “lack of patience or understanding” became the guardian of Make cats inappropriate.
“The cats in our care rely on us for everything, including food, respect and affection, and nobody should ever punish them for seeking our attention,” she said. “While cats are known for their mobility, this cat was thrown and could have hit furniture, the wall or the floor.”
Mr. Platzer, who was unavailable on Monday, was appointed a volunteer in August 2016, and his term should expire in June.