San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Chris Stone photo
San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Chris Stone photo

Councilwoman Marti Emerald’s continued absence from meetings and other public functions is the result of surgery to repair discs in her neck and has nothing to do with her battle with breast cancer nearly two years ago, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

District 9 Deputy Chief of Staff Marisa Berumen told City News Service that Emerald underwent a procedure April 8 that lasted more than four hours and left her bedridden for a few weeks. She was fitted with a brace and doctors wouldn’t allow her to move her neck, Berumen said.

She said staff has been attending community meetings on Emerald’s behalf and kept the councilwoman’s constituents apprised of her condition.

The City Council today formally excused her from recent City Council and committee meetings.

The former 10News consumer advocate underwent breast cancer surgery in September 2014 and was given a good prognosis.

She later announced she would not run for reelection in District 9 — which is comprised of neighborhoods running from the College Area through City Heights to Southcrest — but said the reason was not related to her fight with cancer.

Emerald was able to get out of her house last weekend to attend a family activity, and could return to work in about two weeks, Berumen said.

—City News Service