The Vancouver City Council met this evening and after expressing complimentary remarks on Jeanne Harris and her years on the council, all 6 council members accepted the ethics report recommending issuing her a letter of reprimand and removal from council appointed boards commissions.
Mayor Leavitt first read an email he received from Ms. Harris, who is still traveling in Germany and not expected back until late in the month. The email read,
“I’ve read the recommendation of the ethics committee. This has been a very difficult time for everyone involved and its most important that we move forward and move on. The ethics committee has spent much time reviewing the facts of this incident and made its recommendation to council.
“The decision of council will be the appropriate action. There are no words to describe how I feel about what happened. How I reacted was unacceptable and I take full responsibility for my actions.
“To my community, my family, my fellow councilmembers and mayor and to the employees of the City of Vancouver I’m asking you to accept my sincerest heartfelt apology for my actions at the council meeting on September 13, 2010.”
Online Polls show nearly 70% of citizens preference is she resign.
Council members seem to feel this apology is sincere, unlike the previous apology followed by a terse email blasting those who filed the ethics complaint against her.