Watch: L.A. City Council holds first meeting since racist audio leak

A view of Los Angeles City Hall
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Tensions came to a head this morning as the Los Angeles City Council held its first meeting since a leaked recording was released in which council President Nury Martinez was heard making racist statements and disparaging other politicians.

Audio of Councilmembers Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo speaking with labor leader Ron Herrera quickly became a new and incendiary issue in the Nov. 8 election.

May 8, 2023

Calls for Martinez and fellow City Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo to resign continued to mount Monday as the fallout from the incendiary leaked conversation radiated through the city. Shortly before the meeting, Martinez announced she was taking a “leave of absence” from the council.


Below, watch a replay of the meeting, which begins at 55:20.

Watch live as L.A. City Councilmembers meet for the first time since racist remarks were revealed in an audio leak.


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