City Beat

News, insight and discussion on Sacramento and its neighborhoods

September 12, 2011
Woman: Pannell's apology for expletive doesn't go far enough

The residual impact of the City Council's redistricting effort has gotten personal.

A 61-year-old Oak Park woman will be at Tuesday night's council meeting to demand an apology from Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell, who was caught on video calling the woman an expletive at last week's meeting.

Pannell and the woman, Margo Rose-Brunson, exchanged words during the debate over whether the UC Davis Medical Center should be separated from the council district representing Oak Park. In the end, the council voted 6-3 to draw council district boundaries that included the change.

Before voting in favor of the map, Pannell told a packed Council Chambers, "If you guys don't like the changes I've made, I'm going to be on the ballot in 2012."

Rose-Brunson yelled out, "We'll see you there." Pannell responded, "I'll see you there."

Rose-Brunson then said, "You bet." Pannell responded, "You bet."

After a few seconds, and apparently thinking her microphone was turned off, Pannell softly uttered an expletive. A video of the exchange is posted below.

Pannell issued a statement to the media last week in which she apologized "to my community."

"Tuesday night was the culmination of three very intense weeks of hearings and debates," the statement read. "During that time, I have been on the receiving end of some very personal attacks. In the heat of the moment, and out of frustration, I said something that I shouldn't have. I apologize to my community."

The apology apparently wasn't good enough for Rose-Brunson. She doesn't think Pannell went far enough to apologize directly to her and plans on reading a letter to the City Council tomorrow.

I asked Rose-Brunson if she regretted yelling at a city councilwoman during a meeting, something that Mayor Kevin Johnson had asked the audience repeatedly not to do.

"I don't regret shouting out, I'd do it again," she said. "For a city official, that's not how you conduct yourself."

KTXL: Sacramento City Councilmember caught on microphone - Sept. 8, 2011


About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About City Beat

Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at


Does the Kings' poor performance of late impact the arena work?

Ryan Lillis on Twitter

Follow "Ryan_Lillis" on Twitter

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Sacramento City Resources

City Web Sites

How to contact city officials