Racist LA City Council audio leak: Cedillo, de León kicked out of committee seats under BLM pressure to quit


Leaked audio capturing racist remarks between Latino members of the Los Angeles City Council has led to the removal of two other council members from their committee seats amid continued pressure from Black Lives Matter protesters to resign altogether of the government agency.

Council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo have been removed from committee assignments regarding real estate development, housing, homelessness and other issues, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Acting Los Angeles City Council President Mitch O’Farrell made the announcement on Monday.

The announcement comes after Nury Martinez stepped down as president of the Los Angeles City Council before ultimately losing her seat on the council last week. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera had also resigned from his powerful labor leadership position.

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Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon, left, and Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez talk during a city council meeting October 4.
(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Black Lives Matter protesters were organized outside de León’s home in Eagle Rock.

BLM leaders are demanding that Martinez be replaced by one of the African American board members to “demonstrate his commitment to black political empowerment and political and racial healing,” KNBC reported.

A leadership vote is scheduled for Tuesday, as Council members Paul Krekorian and Curren Price have both expressed an interest in taking the chair. Krekorian tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and will attend virtually.

The Los Angeles Times first reported last week the audio recording of a conversation that took place in October 2021 between Martinez, Cedillo, de León and Herrera during a discussion about the neighborhood redesign.

According to the Times, Martinez criticized fellow co-worker, counselor Mike Bonin, who is white, for parenting her black son, whom she said Bonin treated as a “prop”.

Hundreds of members of the Oaxaca community take part in a march for justice through the streets of downtown Los Angeles toward City Hall on October 15, 2022, demanding the immediate resignation of Los Angeles board members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon.

Hundreds of members of the Oaxaca community take part in a march for justice through the streets of downtown Los Angeles toward City Hall on October 15, 2022, demanding the immediate resignation of Los Angeles board members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon.

“They’re raising him like a little white kid,” Martinez said, according to the leaked recording on Reddit. “I was like, ‘This kid needs a beat. Let me take him around the corner, and then I’ll bring him back.’

Martinez also called Bonin’s son “ese changuito”, Spanish for “that little monkey”.

Additionally, de León chimed in, comparing the way Bonin handled the toddler to “when Nury brings his little garden bag or the Louis Vuitton bag.” “Su negrito, like on the side,” added Martinez.

Acting Los Angeles City Council President Mitch O'Farrell announces he is canceling this Friday's City Council meeting, Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Acting Los Angeles City Council President Mitch O’Farrell announces he is canceling this Friday’s City Council meeting, Thursday, October 13, 2022.

It is not known who made or leaked the recording.

“Mike Bonin will never say a word about Latinos. He will never say a word about us,” de León said.

Martinez also derided Los Angeles County District George Gascón, saying “He’s with black people”.

Hundreds of members of the indigenous community demonstrated on Saturday for de León and Cedillo to resign.

Comunidades Indígenas en Liderago (CIELO), in alliance with prominent leaders of California's indigenous communities, demanded the immediate resignation of Los Angeles council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon.

Comunidades Indígenas en Liderago (CIELO), in alliance with prominent leaders of California’s indigenous communities, demanded the immediate resignation of Los Angeles council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon.
(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Martinez is heard in the recording referring to the people of Oaxaca as “little, short, black people”.

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Despite apologies from the four who participated in the conversation, de León and Cedillo did not give in to numerous calls from political leaders for their departure, including President Biden.


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