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Tensions could come to a head this morning as the Los Angeles City Council holds its first meeting since a leaked recording was released in which council President Nury Martinez was heard making racist statements and disparaging other politicians.
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.
City Council President Pro Tem Mitch O’Farrell will serve as acting president at today’s meeting.
It’s unclear what will transpire. The council does not have the power to suspend Martinez, De León and Cedillo.
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