Video: Tempers flare at Vancouver City Hall

The video of the recent Vancouver City Hall altercation between fellow council members and citizens testifying has been making rounds and hints of an ethics violation. See the news video below and below that video is another video of a lengthy14:00 minute clip showing the back-and-forth between the mayor, city councilors and citizens giving testimony.

  • SM

    What an embarrassment to Vancouver. She has taken on delusions of grandeur and needs to be unemployed. Let someone with some ethics and common sense take her place. How about me? I’m smart, attractive and unemployed. 🙂

  • Pinkie French

    I sent this to the Vancouver City coucil and their mayor the other day.

    “Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals–that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government–that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizens’ protection against the government.” Ayn Rand.

    Please take the time to consider what this statement means. Freedom of Speech does not end at the threshold of a doorway in the United States.


    Pinkie French

    PS, for those of you that just sat there on your hands….

    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

  • SM

    I just watched the long version of this meeting now, and I cannot believe that I am even more appalled. Harris is clearly intimidating citizens and not allowing a simple 3 minute speech to take place. It is a disgusting display and I am convinced that this was not merely a ‘bad day’ and an act of temporary bad judgement so much as her personality shining through. If she is not fired from her office it will be a travesty and disgrace to the people of Washington that she represents. She has forgotten that she is a public servant and needs to treat citizens with simple respect.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I gotta say, the council president is a model of calm. How the hell he kept from using that gavel on Harris’s head is beyond me.

    Look, its pretty clear, whatever the rules may say her attitude is clearly inappropriate. You don’t take a tone like that with someone right from square one on a rule that is a little esoteric at best. If she had a bad day, thats all well and good, but you don’t take that out on someone like that.

    To me this doesn’t look like a bad day. Her demeanor, her use of glaring at the citizen, her mocking of other council members indicate to me she is someone who is practiced at this sort of thing. I pity anyone who has to live with someone like this, hopefully she is single.

  • Reper

    well said.

  • Anonymous

    “Harris wrote. “Apparently the gavel incident is now on utube (sic). Thanks for making my life hell.””
    Harris sent terse e-mail to fellow city councilors after apologizing

    Knock Knock. Anyone home there Jeanie? You made you own “life hell” by you own behavior. Now you’re adding to it with your e-mail that reveals your apology to have been totally insincere. Now you should make an entirely insincere resignation statement.

    Jeanie in city council meeting

    Jeanie on Lars

  • Steve Plunk

    Nothing is quite so infuriating as the arrogance of an elected official on display. If the council members can’t stand the heat of a three minute speech by a citizen then they obviously don’t have the temperament to be there. Once again we can ask the question of who serves who?