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Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León left City Council committees for racial disclosures

A contentious council leadership vote loomed after two dissatisfied councilmembers lost their committee assignments on Monday. 

After rumors of a covertly recorded racist and derogatory chat, Acting L, a City Council President Mitch O’Farrell, withdrew Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo from various council committees. 

Two council members departed housing, homelessness, real estate, and other committees. Protesters surround De León’s Eagle Rock home until he resigns. At least two council members were vying to replace Nury Martinez, who resigned as president last week. 

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Krekorian and Price seek Martinez’s three-year position. Uncertainty surrounded Tuesday’s leadership vote. Monday night, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield stated he didn’t know. Uncertainty.

Over the weekend, Krekorian tested positive for the coronavirus, which might require the council to convene via Zoom for many more days. The Times’ reporting on racist statements by Cedillo, De León, Martinez, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor president Ron Herrera set the stage for a crisis. 

In recent days, O’Farrell has stated he is trying to restore stability to City Hall, enabling citizens to express their discontent but still ensuring the council meets and does its civic obligations. He also admitted that many political figures, including President Biden, have urged Cedillo and De León to resign. 

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O’Farrell doesn’t think either council member can return “with any amount of credibility.” He advised resignation or recall.