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Former Los Angeles City Council President Nuri Martinez resigns from her seat after leaked recording of racist comments

More Nouri Martinez Resigned from Los Angeles City Council Following the leak of a recording in which she can be heard making racist remarks about the son of a fellow councillor. Martinez first resigned from the presidency Council on Monday.

“It is with a broken heart that I resign my seat for Council District 6, the community in which I grew up, and my home country,” Martinez said in a statement on Wednesday. “When I ran in 2013, I wanted to see change in my community and fight for my neighbors. That’s what it’s been all about. No one expected me to win, but with the support of residents from across the district. I won. I met that challenge and won a seat for Council District 6. I had the honor of playing the role of a lifetime: being a representative for my neighbors.”

Martinez, First Latina to Serve as President of the LA City Council, did not appear at Tuesday’s council meeting, which they called a “leave of absence.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, his comments were recorded around October 2021 during a conversation about the redistribution process.

The newspaper says that Martinez, council members Gil Cedillo and Kevin De Leon, and LA County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera took part in the call, in which they also discussed council member Mark Ridley-Thomas, who Has been indicted on federal corruption charges, Herrera also resigned on Monday after the audio leaked.

During the conversation, according to the newspaper, Martinez mentioned council member Mike Bonin’s son, who is black, “looks like changuito,” which translates from Spanish to English as “That Little Monkey.”

Martinez is also heard in the recording complaining about the child’s behavior at the Martin Luther King Day Parade, stating that Bonin’s son was misbehaving on a float, which could happen if he and she were on the float. Other women don’t step up so “parent this child.”

“They’re raising him like a little white kid,” Martinez said. “I was like, ‘This kid needs a spanking. Let me take him to the corner and then I’ll bring him back.'”

The Times said Martinez and other Latino leaders were apparently not aware on the call that it was being recorded. It is not clear who recorded the audio and leaked it.

“As a mom, I know better and I’m sorry,” Martinez said in a previous statement Monday morning. “I’m really embarrassed. I know it’s the result of my own actions.”

Addressing Bonin and her husband, Martinez said in the statement, “I am so sorry for your entire family that you went through this.”

In response to Martinez’s resignation, the Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted“This is the right move. What was said by these elected leaders is very disturbing and racism cannot be tolerated in California.”

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement that “Newry made the right decision, one that I realized is painful for her personally but is unquestionably in the best interest of the city I know she loves.” is,” and added, “his two former colleagues should reach the same decision soon,” with reference to council members Cedillo and De Leon.

All the three members heard on the call confronted Local and national pressure to resign,

White House Press Secretary Karin Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday That President Biden was following the LA City Council story closely, and believes all parties on the call should resign for using or tolerating such “horrific” language.

“Look, the President is happy to see that one of the participants in that conversation has resigned,” said Jean-Pierre. “But they all should. They believe that they should all resign. The language used and tolerated during that conversation was unacceptable, and it was appalling. should leave.”

Mark Strassman and Katherine Watson contributed reporting.

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