The City’s Resignation Crisis

Editorial: Resign already, Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo should pull their resignations

By Brian Hauss

November 5, 2019

By Brian Hauss

On the evening of May 31, 2019, Councilmember Kevin de León became the target of an anonymous call to his office. The caller began by making death threats in an effort to scare Councilmember de León into resigning and leaving the way he came in, with his feet firmly planted on the ground. The caller ended the threatening call by asking Councilmember De León, “What are you going to do with the money? What is your end game?”

At this point, Councilmember de León took the call as a compliment. But the following day, as the Council considered the city’s next steps toward building a new public library, Councilmember De León learned that his comment about “the money” had also referred to $5,000, which he was planning to use, as he told the media, for a library renovation. After hearing about Councilmember De León’s actions, as well as the city’s reaction, on June 10th, the Council considered a motion to withdraw its resignations, and instead, to proceed with the City Manager’s recommendations on how to proceed.

By the end of the work session, Councilmembers de León and Cedillo had not yet decided what they would do about the city’s finances. While Councilmembers Cedillo and de León continue to make noises about “retiring” from their current positions, it is clear that neither will be doing so.

Councilmember Cedillo recently said that he would be prepared to take a leave of absence to “help the city move forward” because he is “concerned about this city and how we do business.”

When his wife, Yolanda, was recently diagnosed with cancer, Councilmember Cedillo sent a letter to the Council, explaining his concern for his family. He told his colleagues, “I want to make sure that my family has a good life and that I’m able to do my job and get the jobs that I

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