- by theguardian
- 29 Mar 2023
Nury Martinez apologized for the October 2021 remarks during a meeting over redistricting with fellow council members Kevin de LeÃ³n and Gil Cedillo and labor leader Ron Herrera, and stepped down as city council president on Monday.
She did not say she would resign her council seat.
De LeÃ³n and Herrera can also be heard speaking dismissively of Black voters.
After the release of the tape on Sunday, politicians and civil rights groups called on the council members to resign.
The California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for the resignations of all those involved: Martinez, Cedillo, de LeÃ³n and Herrera.
Herrera, Cedillo and De LeÃ³n have apologized for the comments and their role in the conversation.
The revelations come at a tense time in Los Angeles politics. In November, voters are set to elect a new mayor, with polls showing a tightening race between US Representative Karen Bass and billionaire developer Rick Caruso. Several city council members are stepping down as well.
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