The recent revelations regarding three Los Angeles City Council members – Nury Martinez, Gil Cedillo, and Kevin de Leon – are disheartening and embarrassing. As a native of Los Angeles and a lifelong resident, I am shocked at the deplorable behavior of these public servants.
As an African American, I am appalled at the deceit perpetrated by these so-called city leaders. They deliberately, and with malice, attempted to disenfranchise African American voters by strategically drawing district lines that would significantly undermine the voting power of African Americans in this city. This is an outrage. These council members swore to serve all constituents to the best of their ability, not a few select groups.