More Controversial E-Mails Surface in Atwater

August 12, 2009 7:25:57 PM PDT
Gary Frago resigned as Atwater's mayor pro tem earlier this week because of racist emails he sent to Atwater city employees. But new messages obtained by Action News show even more controversial messages sent by Frago. Now critics are renewing their calls for Frago to step down from the Atwater council.                   |   Watch Video Above for Extended Coverage   |

The CD obtained by Action News contains about 200 emails forwarded by Gary Frago, many of which involve racist or sexist jokes.

Some of the emails refer to violence against President Obama, his delegates, as well illegal immigrants. Another involves a made up conversation between Oprah Winfrey and George Burns that makes an offensive remark about African American women.

Councilman Frago has apologized for forwarding the emails and on Monday night he resigned as mayor pro tem. But many people have said that's not good enough. They also want him to give up his city council seat, and they say the volume of racially offensive emails only makes them more certain he should step down.

Mayor Joan Faul says the city is reviewing its email policies and plans to meet with the local NAACP to work on improving race relations.

The city is holding a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center during which the council will read its letter of disapproval for Mr. Frago's email activity. Members of the public will be allowed to give their input as well.

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