LA City Council Holds Calm Meeting as Protesters Are Kept Waiting Outside

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The Los Angeles City Council held its meeting Friday without interruption from protesters, as people who had gathered outside City Hall demanding that Councilmen Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo resign for their role in City Hall racism scandal were not allowed in due to what officials claimed was the chamber reaching capacity.

Workers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power arrived at least an hour before the meeting began and took up most of the rows in the chamber, keeping protesters who had interrupted meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday with chants and shouts from entering. There were several items on the agenda related to LADWP contracts.

The capacity listed on a sign outside the chamber is 234 people, but there appeared to be no more than 150 people in the chamber at certain points of the meeting. Hugh Esten, a spokesman for Council President Paul Krekorian, told City News Service that the capacity was reduced to around 100 people when the council reopened to the public in April. Esten cited recommendations by the county’s health department under COVID-19 guidelines.

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