Menlo Park council member Kelly Fergusson said in an e-mail on Thursday that the election of mayor and vice mayor two days ago will be voided.
According to the city clerk's office, four of five council members requested a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. to re-vote on both positions as a result of Brown Act violations on her part.
However, that meeting has now been canceled at the request of City Attorney Bill McClure, and the re-vote postponed until Tuesday, Dec. 14, when the council holds its regular weekly meeting.
The city's decision to meet the minimum legal standard of giving the public barely 24 hours notice about a special meeting scheduled for a workday afternoon inspired outrage among local watchdogs.
After consulting the city attorney, Ms. Fergusson sent an e-mail to the Menlo Park City Council on Thursday, Dec. 9, that described the Brown Act violations as inadvertent.
She said she takes full responsibility for possibly violating the Brown Act by holding one-on-one discussions with colleagues Rich Cline and Peter Ohtaki about her desire to become mayor, and will be "extremely careful" in the future.
As The Almanac reported on Wednesday, Mr. Cline and Mr. Ohtaki said they were unaware she had spoken to more than one council member.
The discussion failed to earn Mr. Ohtaki's support; he nominated Andy Cohen as mayor on Tuesday.
City Attorney Bill McClure's investigation of the allegations turned up evidence suggesting Ms. Fergusson may have also used an intermediary to lobby colleague Kirsten Keith, who was elected as vice mayor.
Ms. Fergusson, who has served on the council for six years, also said she will take a refresher course on the Brown Act.
Per council policy enacted in 1993, Ms. Fergusson and council member Andy Cohen are the two eligible candidates to become mayor. Both made a pitch for the position at the Dec. 7 meeting.
The Almanac will update this story as more information becomes available.
● Earlier story: New Menlo Park mayor may have violated Brown Act