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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

 

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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.

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