Posted on October 13, 2022

L.A. City Council Meeting Canceled as Pressure Mounts for 2 Members to Resign Amid Racism Scandal

Cindy Von Quednow, KTLA, October 13, 2022

Friday’s Los Angeles City Council meeting has been canceled as pressure mounts for the two remaining members heard in a racist leaked audio recording to resign, Acting Council President Mitch O’Farrell announced.

Former council President Nury Martinez resigned from her seat Wednesday, days after stepping down from her leadership position and announcing a leave of absence.

Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León, however, have not released any statements following Martinez’ resignation on Wednesday.


O’Farrell added that the City Council cannot remove members or force them to resign, but they can strip them of their committee assignments and official duties.

“That is on the way,” O’Farrell said about a potential censure of the two members.

He is “surprised” that de León and Cedillo haven’t resigned, but remains “hopeful” they will as pressure grows “intense.”


In the recording from last October, Martinez is heard making disparaging comments about fellow Councilmember Mike Bonin’s adopted Black son, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, Oaxacans in Koreatown and other communities.

The three council members were meeting with Ron Herrera, former president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, to discuss how City Council district boundaries should be redrawn and how the group could maintain Latino political power {snip}


The California Department of Justice is now investigating the city’s redistricting process thanks to the scandal that erupted over the audio recording.