The council, meeting in closed session, rejected both of Richard's complaints but sustained Stewart's complaint. Then council members gathered again in the council chambers to censure Richard publicly. By then, however, the council had lost most of its audience and the cable television channel, which broadcasts council meetings, had shut down for the night.
Under the terms of an amendment to the city Charter last year, twice-censured council members could, for a year, be deprived of many of the privileges of council membership--such as travel expenses, free tickets to Rose Bowl events and the use of a city personal computer. The council will consider such action next week.