Anaheim Council Member Gail Eastman apologized today via email for insensitive comments she posted on a Yahoogroup after the protests in Anaheim resulted in the Council taking no action on two proposed ballot measures, regarding the Anaheim hotel bed tax giveaway and ward-specific voting.
Here is Eastman’s email message:
Subject: My Apologies
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:39:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: gail eastman
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning, following a contentious and emotional city council meeting, I sent an email to the Colony residents’ email group thanking my neighbors for attending the city council meeting. My immediate concern was with the safety and well-being of those in attendance and I am grateful that they returned home safely. For that, I commend the Anaheim Police Department for their efforts to keep residents safe.
In the email, I used a common phrase that was perceived as inappropriate and insensitive in light of the serious issues going on in our city right now. Very simply, it was late, I was exhausted and it was the wrong choice of words. For that, I sincerely apologize to those who were offended.
Those who know me understand my heart and that I love Anaheim. It is very disheartening to see what’s going on right now in our city. I intend to continue doing everything in my power to work with my neighbors throughout Anaheim, as well as with our city staff, to seek solutions and more importantly, begin the healing process.