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L.A. City Council Candidate Apologizes for Comments He Made in ‘Ask a Mexican’ YouTube Video About Mexicans

Joe Bray-Ali is challenging Councilman Gil Cedillo in next month’s District 1 runoff election. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles City Council candidate seeking to represent a heavily Latino district apologized for comments he made about Mexicans in a YouTube video posted online nearly a decade ago but said the video was intended for the popular “Ask a Mexican” column in the OC Weekly.

Joe Bray-Ali, who is challenging City Councilman Gil Cedillo for the Council District 1 seat, appeared in a video titled “Ask a Mexican — Mexican Doorbell” that is posted to his YouTube page.

In the video, Bray-Ali holds his young daughter and speaks directly to the camera.

“Dear Mexican, I’d like to know why all my neighbors think that the doorbell is a car horn. They wake up my baby,” Bray-Ali says.

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