Assembly candidate David Erlich, right, during a forum last May, referenced the Oakland City Council as a zoo at another forum Oct. 8 in Alameda. PHOTO/Steven Tavares

ASSEMBLY | DISTRICT 18 | San Leandro Assembly candidate David Erlich is an electrician by trade, but sometime he brings a charge at the wrong time.

During a candidates forum Oct. 8 in Alameda, Erlich described the often raucous atmosphere at Oakland City Council meetings being like a zoo.

“I’ve been to council meetings in my city, San Leandro,” said Erlich. “And I’ve been to meetings in Alameda. I haven’t been to the zoo in Oakland, but maybe sometime.

The 18th Assembly candidate District Erlich, a Republican, is running in a district made up largely of Oakland voters, in addition to those in Alameda and San Leandro. In a two-candidate June primary, Bonta, a Democrat, won 86 percent of the very progressive district over Erlich. The two meet in a rematch next month.

The comment elicited a stern glare from the normally affable Bonta as Erlich continued.

“You’re not going to write about that zoo thing, are you?” Erlich asked afterwards.

At the conclusion of the forum, Erlich said, a woman in the audience approached him and politely said the comment was distasteful to her.