Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez made the rounds in various local media and was featured on a number of Los Angeles TV stations yesterday. In an interview with the OC Register’s Andrew Galvin, who’s dubbed the days after Wednesday’s council meeting “The Alvarez Apology Tour,” one thing that Alvarez won’t be doing is apologizing to the Chase family personally. Ryan Chase told Channel 7 news that he doesn’t consider Alvarez’s apology for anti-semitic remarks as sincere.
From the Register’s article:
In an interview shown on KCBS Channel 2 during its 11 p.m. newscast Thursday, Alvarez said, “I did let my emotions get the best of me.”
“My intent was not to offend the Chases or to offend the Jewish community by any means, or to trivialize anything that’s happened to the Jewish community, but the words came out, and I do apologize to all of them,” she told the TV station.
She told the Los Angeles Times: “I obviously need to learn how to keep my cool.”
On Friday, she sat down with The Orange County Register to apologize again, and also to talk about how an argument over a downtown business improvement district got to a point at which terms like “ethnic cleansing” are being tossed around.
She will not, however, be apologizing personally to Irv Chase and his son, Ryan, both of whom were the target of her caustic statements on Wednesday. “As you know, it’s not an amicable relationship, but my apology has been everywhere,” Alvarez said. Given “the issues between the personalities involved,” she added, “I think it’s best for us to stay apart from each other at this point.”
Meanwhile, the Alvarez/Hitler story has gone national with the Associated Press picking up the story which is now appearing as news briefs in Jewish newspapers and websites specializing in news about Israel.
Apologizing to the public about offensive remarks without a personal (emphasis on the word personal) apology to the Chase’s, frankly, makes the apology insincere. Not sure if Ms. Alvarez has a copy of Miss Manners or Emily Post on her bookshelf, but perhaps this site could help.
“when apologizing always think about which words to use based on the person and your relationship, and the overall tone based on the infraction. The more serious the infraction the more serious the tone should be.
WARNING: Always err on the side of assuming the recipient views the infraction as serious.”
The book in the photo above is actually a wonderful resource full of great ideas that Ms. Alvrez can use. Comic Book fans will note that co-author Arlene Sorkin was the voice of “Harley Quinn” in the Batman Animated Series and a TV host known for great wit.