Los Angeles Times city hall reporter Julia Wick and Los Angeles Times columnist Gustavo Arellano joined Inside California Politics co-host Frank Buckley to discuss the scandal surrounding several Los Angeles leaders.
Former Los Angeles city council president Nury Martinez, Councilmember Kevin de León and Councilmember Gil Cedillo were among the four leaders caught on a recording making racist and derogatory remarks. Martinez resigned her seat this week.
The panel discussed how the city moves forward, the loss of public trust in Los Angeles leaders, and the potential impact this situation has for Latino leaders.
The discussion comes after days of protests in Los Angeles which saw demonstrators gather outside the homes of both de León and Cedillo.
Demonstrators were out again in full force on Sunday to demand the two councilmen to resign from their elected positions. Cedillo will be out in the next several months, regardless, after being defeated in his re-election bid earlier this year. De León’s term doesn’t end until 2024.
Nury Martinez, the former City Council President resigned from both her role as president and then later from the council entirely last week. Ron Herrera, an influential labor leader in Los Angeles County, resigned days earlier.
The acting City Council President Mitch O’Farrell says the charter allows the council to strip the men of their official duties, but cannot force them to resign. That would require a special election.