We all recall her viral “Gavel Down” video and subsequent ethics panel slap down. We recall earlier that same day looking out in the audience at workshop and yelling for someone to stop shaking their head at her.
Of late was a mini-meltdown when Mayor Tim Leavitt switched his expected vote at council for the sales tax resolution to be sent to the C-Tran Board, drawing an astonished “are you kidding me” from her and leaving her first speechless then stuttering to explain her astonishment.
To be fair, she offered a sincere apology towards the end of the council meeting.
Now comes word from the Columbian that Ms. Harris has filed a “$500,000 insurance claim with the city of Ridgefield, saying that Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow hit her with a stress-relief ball, leading to the potential loss of sight in her left eye.”
We just have to love Vancouver City Council member Jeanne Harris, of ‘Gavel Down’ fame. She nearly had another ‘Gavel Down” towards the end of this evening’s council meeting as Mayor Tim Leavitt announced he was not going to support the sales tax resolution to be sent to the C-Tran Board.
Upon hearing that, Ms. Harris looked to her right at the mayor and said in a completely astonished voice, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”
She went on to berate the mayor to the point that he finally seemed to develop a pair and tell her she was out of line.
Vancouver City Council Member Jeanne Harris is a gift that just keeps giving.
“CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”
Background of this latest from council member Harris can be read at the Columbian’s All Politics Is Local
Left to ponder, was this greatly toned down Jeanne Harris due to the encounter being with a fellow council member, Bart Hansen and knowing she could face another ethics panel should she fully meltdown again?
The best comment so far at APIL comes from Brighton West of Vancouria, “We didn’t even ask City Council to help write Vancouvria episodes…”
A brief excerpt from a much longer testimony by Vancouver Washington city council member, Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris, expressing her view on why banning all tobacco products in city parks is necessary.
Full testimony may be seen by visiting http://www.cityofvancouver.us/cvtv/cvtvindex.asp?section=25437&folderID=3136 and clicking on “Revisions to Vancouver Municipal Code Chapter 15.04 – Park Code”
Updated November 14, 2011 to include links to updated YouTube videos of the meltdown. Ms. Harris might have succeeded in having David Madore remove the video, but CVTV archived video of the meetings which are part of the Public Record remain!
Sometimes the sheer audacity of our elected officials just amazes me. I am left wondering just what world they live in to come to the thinking they have.
Such an example is Vancouver, Washington city council member Jeanne Harris who made a complete ass out of herself last September with her now famous ‘gavel down’ meltdown at council meeting.
At the time of the incident, Harris “explained” her conduct was because fellow council member Jeanne E. Stewart “provoked her,” and that she was also “going through a difficult divorce.” She labeled the subsequent ethics investigation and censure as “rash and uncalled for.”
She issued a “public apology” immediately followed by a terse email to fellow council members ending with the note, “thanks for making my life hell.”
Since accepting the outcome of the ethics investigation, she has come out expecting a public apology for how she thinks she was treated over her own outburst and expects the famous video to be removed from the internet.
Jeanne Harris, the embittering Vancouver, Washington city council member known internationally for her ‘gavel down’ outburst and subsequent efforts in wanting it forgotten, continues to amaze in how she can’t get passed it herself.
It’s well known she received a slap on the wrist for her outburst against fellow council member Jeanne E. Stewart, since city ethics policy did not address her overbearing treatment in ‘gaveling down’ citizens and she sort of apologized as she forgave the community for her outburst.
Since, she has ‘requested’ the famous video be taken down, apparently not realizing that once something is on the internet, it’s there forever. She has also come forward seeming to expect a public apology from others over her outburst and the subsequent ethics investigation that she only received the slap on the wrist for.
Her conduct and disdain for those who disagree with her reach legendary proportions as she has been noted to single out people in the audience, demanding they “stop shaking their heads at her,” and speak down to citizens as if she were a teacher speaking to a kindergarten class.
Although we complain often, the bias seen in our media is glaring. What doesn’t get mentioned much is their hypocrisy. That is seen no brighter in the latest bash of businessman David Madore for the following flier a PAC he formed sent out.
Neither candidate had anything to do with the ad and what is stated is the brutal truth, save the claim of Clark County having the highest unemployment. Four counties are now higher, but we are not too far behind. We have been in double digit unemployment for over 2 years now.
But, for the Columbian to express any outrage over the ad is as hypocritical as can be.
At a September 9, 2011, Bart Hansen incumbent Vancouver City Council member and his challenger, Josephine Wentzel were both asked by the Columbian’s Andrea Damewood, “what do you think of your opponent?” Such questions might seem irrelevant, but they are not. Simple questions as this gives voters insight into the candidates and how they view those within the community that disagree with their actions on council. It also lets us see how council members will interact with citizens.
See the full interview and other city council interviews at CVTV
While I am still not endorsing any city council races, I am struck by Bart not answering the question and instead diverting his reply to all about him. Is there a particular reason Bart doesn’t want to state what he thinks of Ms. Wentzel who has appeared before city council spoke several times in the past?
Does he admire Josephine for standing on her values in opposition to his stand? Or, does he hold her in disdain for opposing his stands taken?
Does he look poorly upon citizens who disagree with him? A lot could be read into this diversion to himself and not answering a direct question.
Living outside the city limits, I don’t get a voice in who is chosen to sit on city council, but when I see a politician slyly not answering such a simple , direct question, I am left wondering, “why?”
Vancouver city council member Jeanne Harris, who made International news last year for her melt-down, has publicly apologized for her behavior, expressed embarrassment over it and wishes it would go away. No doubt, any of us would, given the embarrassing nature of the famous “gavel down” incident.
However, once something is on the internet, it is there forever and only time drops people’s interest as they move on to something else.
I was a little surprised to find on Victoria Taft’s blog a posting of someone claiming to be Jeanne Harris posting a bombastic email purportedly from Ms. Harris to a constituent that is little more than a vitriolic blaming of everyone else for the incident.
I expressed my doubts then that the sender, a val380 was in fact Ms. Harris and quite honestly I’m still not convinced it is her.
val380 Seems to be going all over YouTube with comments like seen below.
An email copied to Victoria Taft just today
First off, whoever “Jeff Nice” is, the description of “basement blogger” hardly applies as my house doesn’t have a basement.
Did Pat Campbell actually issue the reply to this insult laden email?
If so, what is so “encouraging” about it, Pat?
No one is forced to listen to Victoria Taft or any radio program for that matter. Just as no one is forced to read the Columbian or vote for Pat.
Then too, there is always that sticky little matter of the first amendment.
If you did in fact issue the reply, Pat, I’d really like to know what is so “encouraging” about it.
I’m sure your opponents and voters within the city limits would too.
Vancouver city council woman Jeanne Harris at the May 16, 2011 council workshop where changes to the city council ethics policy were being discussed. Just a portion of the over all exchange, but the portion I now believe she expects and has asked to receive a public apology for, as reported in the Columbian newspaper.
Ms. Harris, known for last years “Gavel Down” incident accepted the slap on the wrist deemed appropriate by the first ever council ethics committee. As Larry Smith states, it was imperfect but what council had been given to work with.
Telling her that it was her behavior, not his behavior that brought it about is not verbally attacking, it is pointing out the error of her way.
I am left wondering, will we now see Ms. Harris continue her bizarre behavior while sitting on council? Will she jump at any and every opportunity to “get back” at those she has now decided “wronged” her?
Larry Smith says she has no apology coming and I agree.
Move on, Ms. Harris. Or resign.
Once again, Vancouver, Washington’s Mayor, Tim Leavitt found himself in hot water with the citizens of Vancouver over words he carelessly spoke. Unlike his flip/flop over supporting citizens in opposing tolling of the Columbia River Crossing boondoggle, this time he took a direct slap towards a fellow council member who did side with the citizens, Jeanne Stewart.
Some citizens, displeased with Leavitt’s comment and allegation that appeared in the Columbian here and here emailed city manager Eric Holmes calling for an ethics investigation against Mayor Leavitt.
Last evening, obviously fully aware of those calls, since mine and at least one other were copied to the Mayor, Tim Levitt, sort of issued an apology.
Although pertaining to Canada, 88 year-old Joy Taylor speaks her mind against these government programs the left claims is for our benefit and so they can “take care of us.”
Her message is plain and simple, “Stand Up To The Bullies.”
How many times now have we seen elected officials ridicule, smear or denigrate citizens? Think Jeanne Harris and ‘Gavel Down’ if unable to think of an example.
How fast did Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt flip-flop on his campaign platform of No Tolls?
How often has Portland Mayor Sam Adams ignored citizen concerns?
The Zero Reports;
“Members of the Vancouver City Council, six of them the subject of a public records request for months of email correspondence, lamented the wide net cast by the request and the cost of the request to the city at a council meeting Monday.”
“Mitch Copp of Vancouver filed two public disclosure requests with the city earlier this year. The first, filed in January, asks for all of Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilman Jack Burkman’s email correspondence from June 1 to Jan. 11. The second, filed in March, asks for email correspondence for council members Larry Smith, Jeanne Harris, Pat Campbell and Bart Hansen.”
“The number of documents we’re talking about can number in the tens of thousands, and every one of those documents has to be read by somebody to determine whether it’s disclosable or not,” Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes said. “We will be responsible to those to fulfill our responsibility under the statute, but it is a pretty substantial burden on our staff resources.”
Leavitt, still licking his chops over successfully modifying citizens speaking rights before the ruling class said, “It’s going to cause a use of city dollars and resources we could otherwise be putting out on the streets in the form of police officers and firefighters.”
This from the same Mayor who doesn’t have a problem hanging the albatross of the Columbia River Crossing Project, including Portland’s financially failing Loot Rail around future generations necks.
Perhaps he shouldn’t have lied to voters on opposing tolls to be elected Mayor.
UPDATE: Added Ms. Stewarts apology to council member Smith for interrupting him
I’m really sorry I missed last evenings Vancouver, Washington City Council Meeting. Had I been present, I would not have been able to contain myself and would have applauded council member Jeanne Stewart for her dressing down of fellow council members for now discussing favorably the very policy they ousted her from the C-Trans board because of her voting for it just weeks ago.
I have to add here that I have come to respect Larry Smith quite a bit over his work with various Veterans’ issues and look forward to working with him in the future. But when I feel he is wrong, I have to state so. And, I feel his and the rest of the council’s decision to cut Ms. Stewart from the board was very wrong.
Although just a snippet from a much larger video, the question asked by a union activist in Madison, Wisconsin sums up pretty well what seems to be going on, not only in the ongoing crisis in Wisconsin, but here in Vancouver and Clark County as we continue to be railroaded into an overly expensive Columbia River Crossing project and extending Portland, Oregon’s financially failing Loot Rail across state lines into our community.
That voters rejected such a project by a 2 to 1 margin in past votes means nothing as we are reminded time and again that not only do our votes not count, neither do our voices as city council strives to regulate citizen comments to marginalize voices in opposition to Loot Rail and a project the community an ill afford in these economically troubled times.
Completely lacking is a responsible media with real journalism that once exposed such corruption as must be going on in this process, seeing some $140 Million wasted in “studying” the project over the years. Instead, we see a media that is complicit in the corruption in encouraging shutting down the voices of citizens and business owners who see how it is will bankrupt an already struggling middle class.
As was previously posted here, Monday evening, February 28, 2011 saw Vancouver city council member Jeanne ‘Gavel Down’ Harris once again confront successful Vancouver businessman David Madore. This time however, instead of berating Mr. Madore, she, acting as contrite as she is capable, placed blame for the subsequent negativity associated with her previous meltdown on Mr. Madore, asking him to please remove the video of her now internationally famous “Gavel Down” incident.
As council meeting was wrapping up, council member Jack Burkman, for whatever reason decided to publicly add his two cents and admonish Mr. Madore as well.
I have to say that I am not only shocked, but very disappointed in the Supreme Court Decision granting the Westboro assholes the ‘right’ to protest funerals of our fallen heroes and disrespect families and loved ones in their moment of grief. That conservative justices Scalia, Thomas and Roberts agree disappoints me even more.
By a decision of 8 to 1 the Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church’s right to picket funerals, granting those inbred slime from Topeka, Kansas the ‘right’ to disrupt the funerals of fallen Military heroes, trampling over loved ones right to a moment of personal grief and sorrow.
I couldn’t disagree more with the Supreme Court over this. Such decisions may be legal, but that doesn’t mean they are just.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, concerning the Westboro inbreds’ actions, “is certainly hurtful and its contribution to public discourse may be negligible. But government cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.”
Really? But I can be brought up on hate speech allegations for uttering the word “faggot” to a gay or worse yet, using the inciteful ‘N-word’ towards a Black person? But the scum from Kansas can disrupt funerals with signs and chants of “God hates fags” and that is protected?
Apparently feeling left out of city council brouhaha’s seen in the past months in Vancouver, Washington, and not getting what he feels is his share of the attention, our newest and youngest member of city council, Bart Hansen decided to chime in on the ongoing exchange between citizens who oppose the boondoggle Columbia River Crossing and extending Portland, Oregon’s financially troubled Loot Rail a short distance into our state, and city council.
Although his condescension towards citizens comes across very clear and plain, he could use a little work on his sarcasm, which fell flat last evening at the council meeting.