LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez resigned from her council seat today, days after the release of a recorded conversation from 2021 in which she made a series of racist comments.
It is with a broken heart that I resign my seat for Council District 6, the community I grew up in and my home,” Martinez said in a written statement Wednesday afternoon.
Her lengthy statements make no direct reference to the recording that ended her political career, although she says, “To my staff — I’m sorry that we’re ending it this way. This is no reflection on you. I know you all will continue to do great work and fight for our district. I’ll be cheering you on.”
Martinez stepped down as council president on Monday, following the weekend release of the recorded conversation in which she made racist comments aimed at Councilman Mike Bonin’s 2-year-old Black adopted son and at other ethnic groups while the group discussed the politically sensitive process of redrawing council district boundaries.
The recorded conversation was leaked, appearing on Reddit before being removed from the site. City News Service reviewed the conversation, but it was unclear who was responsible for the recording and its leak. The meeting apparently occurred at a Federation of Labor office, and the federation is investigating its source.
Martinez issued a statement Monday announcing her decision to surrender the council presidency, and apologizing to Bonin, his husband Sean Arian and their son.
With Martinez stepping down from her leadership role, Mitch O’Farrell, the council president pro tempore, was elevated to the interim council president. He has since repeatedly called on Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo — all of whom took part in the recorded conversation — to resign.
A group of elected officials including Harris-Dawson and Assembly members Isaac Bryan and Tina McKinnor also held a news conference Monday morning calling on Martinez, de León and Cedillo to immediately resign their council seats.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday, “The president is glad to see one of the participants in that conversation has resigned, but they all should. He believes that they all should resign.”
De León and Cedillo have not yet resigned their seats.