Recall Petition Against Councilman Kevin De León Approved

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The L.A. City Clerk approved a petition to begin gathering signatures for a recall of Councilman Kevin de Leon.

The recall campaign organizers would need to collect at least 15%, or 20,437 signatures from residents of Los Angeles’ 14th district in order to move forward with an election.

Resident Pauline Adkins initiated the petition over de León, as she has two times before, most recently in March, and will have until March 31 to submit the necessary signatures to the city clerk.

“Councilman Kevin de León is now the poster child of the dysfunction and corruption that continues to rot the City Council and City Hall,” the organizers wrote on the campaign’s official website. “He reinforces our lack of trust and confidence in the City Council and all of City Hall.”

This is the fourth recall attempt against de León in his tenure as L.A. City councilmember, and was sparked by his involvement in the infamously racist and homophobic leaked audio recording that led to him being removed from his usual committee work.

“After three failed attempts, yet another recall that distorts his record will not distract the Councilmember or his office from continuing to serve the people of Council District 14,” de León’s office wrote in a statement after the petition was filed on October. “He will keep moving forward important projects and issues that threaten the communities and the lives of his constituents.”

Of the four members involved in the leaked audio, former council president Nury Martinez resigned and former L.A. Fed Union president Ron Herrera, both resigned from their posts. Council members Gil Cedillo and de León did not follow suit despite calls to resign from daily protesters and councilmembers alike.

The recordings were leaked anonymously through a Reddit post and the Los Angeles community expressed hurt over negative remarks made toward Black, indigenous, and LGBTQ people.

Among the things de León was heard saying in the leaked recording, were comparisons of protesters to the “little Wizard of Oz,” allegedly insinuating that they make themselves sound bigger than they are, as well as an alleged insinuation that councilmember Nithya Raman’s district was going to be “put through a blender,” during redistricting efforts.

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