With kind regards,
Angelenos have now had a full week to digest the racist, hateful audio recordings of three Councilmembers as they participated in a secret meeting about redistricting.
These transgressions were a violation of the public’s trust and struck at the soul of who we are as a city - a place that celebrates our diversity, including our Black, Latino, Indigenous, Armenian, AAPI, Jewish, and LGBTQ+ communities, and all who call Los Angeles home.
Since the former Council President resigned, I have assumed the role of acting Council President - a role I never sought, and a role I am not interested in retaining long-term. While my ambition is no greater than serving the residents of the 13th Council District, I must answer the call to lead the governance of this body during this fraught time.
In this role, my number one priority has been leading the city through this moment with resolve and determination, and my focus in the 13th District remains as strong as ever.
The only way forward toward healing and reconciliation is for Councilmembers de Leon and Cedillo to resign. As we wait for their resignations, I have appointed five Councilmembers to an ad hoc Censure Committee, and this morning I announced that I have removed Councilmembers de Leon and Cedillo from their committee assignments.
In the Sixth District, formerly represented by Councilmember Martinez, I have appointed a nonvoting caretaker to temporarily oversee the office, so that residents’ everyday quality of life issues are addressed as next steps are determined. We’ll then need to hold a special election in the Sixth District as soon as possible.
The people’s business must not wait and cannot happen without resuming City Council meetings, where this week we will vote on important electoral reforms, including the creation of an independent redistricting commission to take redistricting power out of the hands of local elected officials once and for all.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18th, the City Council will move forward. Due to a COVID-19 exposure within Council chambers last week and in anticipation of additional possible infections, our meeting will be held virtually, as we did for over a year during the height of the pandemic.
Let me be clear - we want to hear from each and every Angeleno. If you would like to participate and give public comment during Tuesday’s meeting, please:
Call (669) 254 5252.
Use Meeting ID No. 160 535 8466 and then press #.
Press # again when prompted for participant ID.
Once admitted into the meeting, press *9 to request to speak.
The recordings revealed the worst of what people in leadership are capable of, but the devastation their actions caused can help us chart a path forward toward reform, healing, and building a stronger, more equitable City for everyone.
I stand with you and the people of Los Angeles.