The question remains as to who recorded the audio that led to the LA City Council scandal.

Los Angeles City Council Chairman Nouri Martinez speaks at a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Jan. January 15, 2021 in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council chairman resigned from the city council on Wednesday after hearing that recordings of conversations with other Latino leaders were leaked and made racist and other harsh comments. Irfan Khan/AP hide caption toggle caption Irfan Khan/AP Los Angeles City Council Chairman Nury Martinez speaks at a press conference at Dodger Stadium on January 1st. January 15, 2021 in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council chairman resigned from the city council on Wednesday after hearing that recordings of conversations with other Latino leaders were leaked and made racist and other harsh comments. Irfan Khan/AP LOS ANGELES — Anonymous leaked recordings of crude, racist remarks and political conspiracies that led to the resignation of the mysterious Los Angeles City Council chairman and powerful labor leader: who made the tape, and why? Posting a one-year-old recording on the Reddit website ahead of the November midterm elections raised clear suspicions of political motives. Much of the hour-long private conversation between several city councilors and the heads of the Los Angeles County Labor Federation (all Latino Democrats) focused on strengthening the impact of City Council redistricting. The recording took place in a conference room inside the headquarters of a politically influential labor group known locally as the “Fed”, but it is not known how the recording was made when the friends got together in a small group, or even who was in the room. “It’s blatant that it was an insider’s work,” said Los Angeles County Democratic leader Mark Gonzalez. Herrera then resigned. “It has to be someone who has access and knows their schedule,” Gonzalez said. He said, “Everyone is making their own guesses.” Former Executive Chairman Nouri Martinez resigned Wednesday, after President Joe Biden joined a choir of bureaucrats calling on those involved to resign. Martinez said in a conversation that white congressman Mike Bonin treated his young black son as if they were “accessories” and used derogatory terminology to describe the two. At another point during the hour-long recording, she called indigenous immigrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca “tan feos” or “too ugly.” The conversation also included crude and narrow remarks about Jews, Armenians and other groups. Former Los Angeles County Superintendent Zev Yaroslavsky said the source of the tape was “an arcade game all over town.” “It may never be resolved.” Two other city councilors at the meeting, Gil Cedillo and Kevin de Leon, went out of the public eye on Friday, retaining their seats despite growing pressure to resign. At the meeting, no one spoke publicly about possible sources of the recording. The discussion focused on protecting Latino politicians while redrawing the city council’s redistricting boundaries, known as redistricting. A once-in-a-decade process allows one group to compete with another to gain a political advantage in future elections. California Legislature Black Caucus said the recordings “represent a horrific effort to disperse the voice of black people in a critical redistricting process.” The Labor Federation did not respond to a series of questions, including who attended the meeting. A one-sentence statement was issued that did not specifically state that meetings with committee members were not recorded by the organization. “It is by no means a policy for the Fed to record meetings,” interim President Tom Davis said in a statement. Covertly recording private conversations with devices widely used in today’s technology-saturated society is simple. Your phone has a very sensitive microphone and you can easily hide it in your briefcase, purse or backpack. Recordings reveal possible clues. There is the sound of a briefcase opening and the sound of paper shuffling on the table or somewhere nearby, suggesting a microphone. Yaroslavsky said the language was terrible and he couldn’t remember the incident where a closed meeting between elected officials was recorded privately. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. The Los Angeles Times reported that the recording was posted on Reddit by a currently paused user. It is unclear who recorded the audio or who posted it on the website. The release of the secret recording shook the Los Angeles political community, particularly those who worked at the headquarters of the labor group. Democrat Minority Leader Gonzalez said people were feeling “unsafe.” Michael Trujillo, a longtime Democrat consultant based in Los Angeles, said he would never want to reveal who made the tapes. That person might be seen as a hero in some ways for exposing racism within a senior city hall position, but it could also expose a person who recorded conversations without consent, which is illegal in California, to legal action. State law requires the person recording another person to obtain consent. “The problem is that the same hero faces criminal and civil lawsuits,” he said.
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