Nury Martinez has resigned from the Los Angeles City Council, following the racism scandal currently surrounding City Hall and L.A politics.
Martinez was being recorded while discussing redistricting, as well as the 2-year-old Black son of L.A Councilman Mike Bonin. She also made offensive comments about indigenous Latino’s as well as other groups.
The audio was difficult to listen to some of the most powerful politicians in L.A, speaking about the constituents they serve within not only race and identity but in such a derogatory way.
“To my constituents —Serving you has been a privilege and one that I don’t give up lightly,” she wrote in the resignation statement. “You are my neighbors, my friends, and the reason for this service…I hope you stay engaged and continue to fight for your fair share of the city’s resources. It’s hard to say goodbye, but please know that I was in this fight for you.”Nury Martinez Resignation Statement
The hour-long audio was recorded during a 2021 meeting at the L.A County Federation of Labor headquarters.
Martinez, along with De Leon and Cedillo, had taken a meeting with Ron Herrera, President of the Federation to discuss redistricting.
Herrera has been a union member for over 41 years and headed a powerful labor organization representing over 300 unions and 800,000 workers in Los Angeles.
Herrera stepped down as President of the Federation after news of the leaked audio broke Sunday morning.
“Last night, Ron Herrera resigned from his position as President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,” the statement read in part. “The Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor also calls on those elected officials who were present to follow President Herrera’s example by immediately resigning as well.”The L.A County Federation of Labor
The Federation released an internal memo following the leaked audio, saying the headquarters had been illegally bugged.
The California Attorney General has also announced an independent investigation into the L.A City Council and the city’s redistricting process.
Following her resignation, Martinez released part of the following statement: