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September 14, 2011
Councilwoman Pannell apologizes again for expletive

Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell has apologized - again - for aiming an expletive at a woman during last week's City Council meeting.

At the start of Tuesday night's meeting, Pannell said she wanted "to apologize to my colleagues on the council, to the citizens of Sacramento and to Ms. Margo Rose-Brunson," the Oak Park woman she called an expletive during a tense hearing the week before.

Rose-Brunson was at Tuesday's meeting to address the council. Pannell said to her, "After you've done your presentation, please accept my apology. Thank you."

Pannell was heard using the expletive after an exchange with Rose-Brunson during last week's debate over council redistricting. Pannell later apologized to "my community," an apology that Rose-Brunson said didn't go far enough.

A defiant Rose-Brunson eventually accepted Pannell's apology on Tuesday, but not before taking a few swipes at the four-term councilwoman.

"I know you've been piggybacking off the Pannell name," Rose-Brunson said, referring to Pannell's late husband, Sam, a former councilman who died in 1997. "I knew your husband but I'm not here to fight with you."

"I accept your apology and I don't want to be in no political battle with anybody," Rose-Brunson added.

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