WEBB APOLOGIZES FOR OBSCENE GESTURE.Byline: Terry Kanakri Daily News Staff Writer
City Councilwoman Sandi Webb apologized Friday for making an obscene Offensive to recognized standards of decency.
The term obscene is applied to written, verbal, or visual works or conduct that treat sex in an objectionable or lewd or lascivious manner. gesture to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is the senior U.S. Senator from California, having held office as a senator since 1992. She is a member of the Democratic Party. after losing her temper over the senator's gun control stance.
Webb, who was rebuked publicly by fellow council members, issued letters of apology to the senator and the citizens of Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. , saying she regretted her "unprofessional" action.
"When I'm right, I'm right, and when I'm wrong, I'm wrong," Webb said in an interview. "The more I thought about it, the more I realized I was wrong. I will fight to the death if I think I'm right, and I will stand and take my lumps if I think I'm wrong."
Webb was severely criticized by fellow council members Thursday for gesturing with a raised middle finger to Feinstein on Tuesday at a national League of Cities The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest organization in the United States devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. conference reception in Washington, D.C.
Council members were attending a California delegation reception by Democratic Sens. Feinstein and Barbara Boxer Barbara Levy Boxer (born November 11, 1940) is an American politician and the current junior U.S. Senator from the State of California.
A member of the Democratic Party, Boxer was first elected to the U.S. . While sitting among 50 other officials representing cities across the state, Webb became incensed when Feinstein talked about assault weapons and appealed for support to uphold their ban.
Webb, a Libertarian lib·er·tar·i·an
1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
2. One who believes in free will.
[From liberty. and a gun-toting supporter of the right to bear arms The right to bear arms refers to the right that individuals have to weapons. This right is often presented in the context of military service and the broader right of self defense. , stood up, stuck her middle finger in the air and waved her hand around as she walked out, officials said.
Council members said Webb embarrassed her city, further tarnishing a community that already suffers from image problems, especially following the Rodney King Rodney Glen King (born April 9, 1965 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an African-American taxicab driver who was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers (Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno and Sargent Stacey Koon) after being chased for speeding. trial.
In her letter to Feinstein, which was faxed Friday to the senator's Washington office, Webb said she regretted her action.
"While I strongly disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back" you over the issues, I should not have lost my temper like that," Webb wrote. "My conduct was unprofessional and inappropriate, and I want to apologize a·pol·o·gize
intr.v. a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing, a·pol·o·giz·es
1. To make excuse for or regretful acknowledgment of a fault or offense.
2. To make a formal defense or justification in speech or writing. to you."
In a statement released by Feinstein's office, the senator said she accepts Webb's apology.
"Frankly, I happened not to see the incident, but so much has been made of it that now I'm sorry I missed it," Feinstein said in a prepared statement. "Of course, I accept the councilwoman's apology."
In another letter issued to the citizens of Simi Valley, Webb wrote:
"While I disagree strongly with her on the issues, my conduct at her meeting was inappropriate. I should not have lost my cool and behaved in that manner. When I feel I'm right about something, I'll stick by it through hell or high water. But when I make a mistake, I'll admit it and take my lumps. This is one of those times. I blew it, and I'm sorry."
But some citizens say they are sympathetic to the two-term councilwoman's action and did not feel an apology was necessary.
"I think she could have been a little bit more subtle, but I don't think she owes us an apology," said Sharon Sylehak, a city resident for 30 years. "If I was there listening to all that crap, I probably think I would have done the same thing."
Sylehak said many residents appreciate Webb standing up for them against gun control.
However, Mike Mason Mike Mason (born 1985-02-28 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent after completing his career at Tennessee State. , president of the National Rifle Association's Members Council, Ventura County East, said Webb's action did not help opponents of gun control.
"I don't think anyone using that type of an approach helps any type of cause," Mason said. "I personally would not use that approach when dealing with any situation in public. If Sandi Webb chooses to do so, then I think she should take the heat for it."
City Council members said that they hope Webb's public apologies put the controversy to rest and that Webb will refrain from future outbursts when representing the city.
"There are some rules that we have to live by, so I'm very pleased that she has apologized," Mayor Greg Stratton said.
However, Stratton said he doubted that Webb's apologies will erase all the damage to the city that has incurred following the incident.
"Everything you do has an effect," he explained. "To say it will all just go away, that's probably a little optimistic op·ti·mist
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.
Other council members said they were in a forgiving mood.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's water under the bridge and we go on," Councilwoman Barbara Williamson said. "She made an error and she corrected it."
Photo SIMI and CONEJO only) Sandi Webb "When I'm wrong, I'm wrong."