How many times do you have to tell Kevin de León to quit?


Hello. I’m Paul Thornton, and today is Saturday, October 22, 2022. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.

I’ve worked in the Opinion section of The Times since George W. Bush’s second term as President, so I can say with confidence that no politician has garnered more calls from our Editorial Board to resign in a month. as LA City Council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon. Former city council president Nury Martinez resigned in disgrace two days after the board first said that she along with De León and Cedillo should leave City Hall after their voices were heard on this recording of a year-long scandalously racist conversation. Martinez announced his departure with a remarkably deaf letter which contained only one apology – to his staff – and showed infinitely more self-righteousness than thoughtfulness, but at least it was a resignation.

De León also wrote a letter, but it stays there, to the city council. His letter to the new Chairman of the Board, Paul Krekorian asks for forgiveness and promises self-reflection and better behavior in the future, but her main goal is to explain why her district needs him right now, even as he asks to be excused from upcoming meetings. In other words, he’s there to help, but he’s not available now. There is an easier path for him and his district to take: resign, now.

And he and Cedillo have already been ordered to continue – not once, not twicebut thrice by our editorial staff since Martinez decided last week to no longer hold on. The final rebuke from the editorial board, published after De León made it clear that he would not be leaving, was particularly scathing and dismissive:

“In his letter to Krekorian, De León asked to be excused from board meetings in the coming weeks so that he could ‘rebuild relationships’ and undergo ‘professional sensitivity training.'” Krekorian reiterated his call for De León to resign, saying it was the only way the city could begin to heal Indeed, it’s hard to see how Angelenos can trust an elected official who lets loose behind closed doors, comparing the Black son of his colleague to an accessory worn like a Louis Vuitton handbag, equating Black political power with the Wizard of Oz and making demeaning remarks about activists and voters.

“De León might think that his statements on Wednesday can buy him time to rally his remaining supporters, in the hope that the outcry will die down soon. This will not be the case. De León’s denial means this horrible episode in Los Angeles will only last longer.

As for Cedillo, he will be absent from the city council in mid-December anyway. He lost his re-election bid in June to Eunisses Hernandez, who will be sworn in on December 11. Yet his and De Leon’s stubborn grip on their seats mortally wounds the city government, so I will end with the editorial board’s wise advice, given in a piece of October 12“It’s time for them to stop stalling. There is no way forward.”

If the elected leaders of Los Angeles weren’t paralyzed right now, I would start with what I think are the most troubling national political developments since ex-President Trump killed his violent mob on the US Capitol: the explicit anti-Semitism displayed in Trump’s recent statement suggesting that Jewish Americans disloyalty to him and should “pull themselves together” before “it’s too late!” » ; and the videos showing police officers in Florida arresting stunned black civilians in their own alleys, supposedly for committing electoral fraud. I think back to our January project in which we asked readers who survived the Holocaust what they thought about the political situation in this country, and I’m drawn to this chilling statement by Josie Martin, which has been hidden as a child in France during the Nazi Occupation: “For a time, I wanted to believe that the Nazi era was a ‘never again’ episode orchestrated by twisted fascist monsters. I wanted to believe that America had saved Europe from the worst evil of modern times. Alas, “never again” is now. Los Angeles Time

Stephen K. Bannon finds out the hard way that defying Congress is no joke. The Justice Department has recommended that Trump’s former political mayhem strategist and agent be sentenced to six months in prison and forced to pay a $200,000 fine after being found in criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House committee on Jan. 6. This, plus the billion-dollar civil verdict against Alex Jones, is “almost enough to restore your faith in America,” Robin Abcarian writes. Los Angeles Time

Are Californians fleeing en masse to Texas? The reality is complicated. Of course, there are a lot of ex-Californians in Texas — because there are a lot of Californians, period. There are also a lot of ex-Texans living in California for precisely the same reason – Texas has a lot of people too. Richard Parker, an author from Texas, writes: “Indeed, if the expats from Texas who have arrived in California since 2000 had their own city, it would be close to the size of San Jose—about a million people. But the Texodus to California presents a stark distinction: While Californians heading east are lured by the promise of affordable suburban homes, many Texans heading in the other direction are recent college graduates at the looking for a fresh start for their young career and life. California continually attracts talent – ​​and drains brains – from Texas. Los Angeles Time

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Ballots have been sent to LA County. Here’s the full list of Editorial Board approvals for the Nov. 8 vote. You can also find this list on
Proposal 1: Yes
Proposals 26 and 27: Nope
Proposal 28: Yes
Proposal 29: Nope
Proposal 30: Nope
Proposal 31: Yes
Mayor of Los Angeles: Karen Bass
LA City Attorney: Hydee Feldstein Soto
LA City Comptroller: Kenneth Mejia
LA City Council District 5: Katy Young Yaroslavsky
LA City Council District 11: Erin Darling
LA City Council District 13: Hugo Soto Martinez
LA City Council District 15: Tim McOsker
LH Proposal (City of Los Angeles): Yes
SP Proposal (City of Los Angeles): Nope
ULA Proposal (City of Los Angeles): Yes
Los Angeles County Sheriff: Robert Luna
LA County Measure A: Yes
LA County Measure C: Yes
LA County Board of Supervisors, District 3: Lindsey Horvath
LA Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat 2: Steven Veres
LA Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat 4: Sara Hernández
LA Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat 6: Gabriel Buelna
LA Community College District Board of Trustees, Seat 7: Kelsey Iino
LA Community College District Measure LA: Yes
LAUSD District 2 Council: Maria Brenes
LAUSD District 6 Council: Kelly Gonez
LA Superior Court Office #60: Abby Baron
LA Superior Court Office #67: Fernanda Maria Barreto
Los Angeles Superior Court Office #70: Holly Hancock
LA Superior Court Office #90: Melissa Lyons
LA Superior Court Office #118: Melissa Hammond
Los Angeles Superior Court Office #151: Patrick Lievre
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California: Yes on Patricia Guerrero
Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of California: Yes to the maintenance of Goodwin Liu, Joshua P. Groban and Martin J. Jenkins
2nd District Court of Appeals: Yes on maintaining all judges
Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis
Secretary of State: Shirley Weber
State Attorney General: Rob Bonta
Status Controller: Lanhee Chen
State Treasurer: Fiona Ma
State Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
State Senate District 20: Caroline Menjivar
State Senate District 28: Lola Smallwood Cuevas
State Assembly District 39: Juan Carrillo
State Assembly District 40: Pilar Schiavo
State Assembly District 51: Rick Chavez Zbur
State Assembly District 61: Tina McKinnor
State Assembly District 69: Josh Lowenthal
US Senate: Alex Padille
US Congressional District 27: Christy Smith
US Congressional District 37: Sydney Kamlager
US Congressional District 40: Asif Mahmoud
US Congressional District 41: Will Rollin
US Congressional District 42: Robert Garcia
US Congressional District 45: Jay Chen
US Congressional District 47: Katie Porter
US Congressional District 49: mike levin


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