The Palo Alto Daily Post's source for an article on council members' e-mails apologized to council members according to MenloParkPatch.com . Californians Aware attorney Terry Francke had commented in a Daily Post story calling an e-mail exchange between council members a "Serious Brown Act violation."
The Oct. 28 Palo Alto Daily Post article in question was headlined "City Hall Email Used for Politics: Messages give behind-the-scenes view of campaigns."
"Francke apologized for the quote" to council members, Patch.com reported. Further Francke reportedly explained that he made his comments based on what the reporter told him--not based on actually reading the e-mails since the reporter never sent them to him. Also, one of the council members, Heyward Robinson, reportedly e-mailed the Post "demanding" a retraction and apology as well as a "reprimand" for all Palo Alto Daily Post staff involved in the story.
The Patch site covers local area Menlo Park. The Palo Alto Daily Post is print only and doesn't publish any stories online.