By Robert Haugh
It was another long meeting and another odd discussion. But that’s getting to be a regular thing for this new City Council.
Last night, Councilwoman Karen Hardy introduced a motion to censure Councilwoman Kathy Watanabe and admonish Mayor Lisa Gillmor for offending Councilman Kevin Park.
Park says he was denied an opportunity to speak at an anti Asian hate rally organized by Watanabe. Park did not RSVP that he would attend the event. And he only asked to speak minutes before the event ended.
At first, Hardy would not specify the details of her censure and admonishment. But City Attorney Brian Doyle said it was required. So Hardy admitted that she had an attorney prepare the two resolutions. When Hardy read the documents, she stumbled on the wording.
Once again, Park would not show his face on video. But when Park spoke via audio it was clear he was offended.
Park said that Watanabe’s previous apologies were insufficient. He said that he did not think Watanabe wanted him to speak at the event although he did not offer any evidence.
Park also didn’t like the fact that Gillmor asked him at a previous Council meeting if he would have done anything differently at the event. Last month, Park said he would have. Mayor Gillmor “does try to blame the victim, in this case me,” said Park.
Park also referred to himself as a “victim” when this incident was discussed last month.
Both items passed with 4-3 votes. They will be put on a future agenda.
Hardy, Park and Chahal voted for both items.
Councilman Anthony Becker voted to agendize the Watanabe censure but against the Gillmor admonishment.
Councilman Suds Jain voted against the Watanabe censure but for the Gillmor admonishment.
Editor’s Note: We’ll cover the rest of the agenda items from last night in another column.