Hercules Councilwoman Myrna de Vera issued the following apology for her actions in response to comments posted on a local blog by a resident.
"The Time's (sic) 'Meaning of Free Speech Subject to Debate in Hercules,' exposed an action I am ashamed of and deeply regret. I would like to express my apology to Mr. Von Aspern, HDR, to the City of Pinole, the Pinole-Hercules Waste Water Subcommittee, to the City of Hercules, and to my supporters for my actions regarding Mr. Von Aspern.
"I admit the incident was an act of poor judgment on my part. I reacted inappropriately to a citizen's comment posted by contacting a Pinole official on two occasions. Even though I did not tell the Pinole official to silence the citizen, and the Pinole city official did not direct HDR to do the same, and there is no evidence HDR forced Mr. Von Aspern to stop blogging, my actions have caused the perception of a concerted effort to stifle a citizen's free speech rights.
"I take responsibility for my mistake, and I humbly apologize to those I may have inadvertently hurt."