“These are three of the most powerful politicians in Southern California — period. Nury [Martinez] until today was the president of the LA City Council. Kevin de León: former Senate Pro Tem leader. Gil Cedillo: a legend in immigrant rights. [They are] council members, longtime politicos, and they are supposed to be better than the rest of us,” says LA Times Columnist Gustavo Arellano.
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After racist audio involving LA City Council members was leaked, Angelenos must make their feelings clear about whether the involved parties should keep their seats, says former member Jan Perry.
The opening of LA’s first new light-rail line in 10 years raises hopes for new investment – and fears of gentrification – in historically underserved South LA.