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LA City Council Fallout

Three Los Angeles City Council members are under pressure to resign after a year-old audio recording of a private conversation, punctuated with racist remarks, surfaced online over the weekend.

In the hourlong audio from October 2021, then-council president Nury Martinez (D), council members Gil Cedillo (D) and Kevin de León (D), and local labor leader Ron Herrera made disparaging comments about Black, Indigenous, and Jewish people while discussing how to benefit Latino districts under the city's once-a-decade redistricting process. Hear a clip here and the full audio here.

Martinez, who resigned from her leadership role Monday, said yesterday she is taking a leave of absence from the council, while Herrera resigned as head of the LA County Federation of Labor. Cedillo, who lost a June primary, ends his term in December. De León, who ran in this year's mayoral primary, is up for reelection in 2024.

The audio, first leaked on Reddit and since removed, comes ahead of key Nov. 8 elections.

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