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As new leaders take office, Los Angeles struggles with lingering injuries

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Another vacancy on the council will be filled by a new leader early next year, in a special election to fill the position of former council chairman Nury Martinez, who resigned following the audio scandal. . On the recording, Ms. Martinez, who is Mexican American, made derogatory and racist remarks about the black son of another council member, as well as immigrants from Oaxaca and other ethnic groups.

More trouble awaits City Hall as legal proceedings unfold in public corruption cases involving a former council member and another who was suspended.

Ms. Bass, who represented Los Angeles for years in the state Legislature and Congress, campaigned on a vow to help the city build consensus, building coalitions in the diverse metropolis and teeming with four million people. But the challenge is formidable as the city continues to grapple with quality of life issues that have worsened since the pandemic, reflecting a struggle that has unfolded nationwide.

Tent camps dot the city’s sidewalks – a downtown encampment, in fact, was dismantled last week, its occupants moved into hotel rooms, to make way for a celebration of the inauguration of Ms. Bass before the storms forced the festivities indoors at LA Live, a downtown entertainment complex.

Crime rates, while well below their 1990s peak, have been rising, and a citywide poll this year by Mr. Guerra’s research center found that for the first time since 2012 , a majority of Angelenos felt the city was going the wrong way. direction.

And that was before Mr. de León, Ms. Martinez and a third Latino board member, Gil Cedillo, were caught on a recording last year strategizing in blunt and sometimes bigoted terms to shore up the power for themselves and for the city’s Latino communities as a redistricting of the city. the maps were redrawn.

The group thought their conversation, which included a powerful local union leader who also quit, was private, but it was secretly recorded and later uploaded to Reddit. Mr Cedillo, who lost his re-election bid before the recording emerged, apologized for not cutting the conversation short, but did not resign and will step down on Monday. He has not returned to the council chambers since the scandal, and investigations have since been conducted into the illegal registration, flight and the city’s redistricting process.

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