Hispanic group accepts apology for city attorney's joke

In an effort to mend bridges, Victoria City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz apologized Tuesday for a comment some saw as offensive.

Gwosdz previously explained his comment, saying it was an attempt to bring a light-hearted moment to the stressful City Council meeting May 21. However, Tuesday he went a step further and formally apologized to those he hurt when he said, "Just be sure to sign in Spanish."

"It didn't come out the way I expected to," Gwosdz said. "I regret what I said. ... It was certainly not meant to give offense ... but apparently, I did by accident."

Benny Martinez, director of the area League of United Latin American Citizens chapter, said he accepts the apology.

"We have a good reason to be sensitive because for years and years we have been criticized in a derogatory manner, and it really hurts our feelings when people do that," Martinez said. "We do accept your apology. ... I know we can work together."

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