Los Angeles City Council. MyNewsLA.com Photo
Los Angeles City Council. MyNewsLA.com Photo

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to look into how the city might divest from Donald J. Trump and his businesses, although it was unclear whether the city has any dealings with the Republican presidential nominee.

The resolution approved 12-0 asks staffers to report back on the steps needed to break off ties from Trump, if there are any.

Council aides said the report is expected to be ready within 60 days.

The resolution also does not directly cite what Trump has done to warrant divestment, but the businessman-turned-candidate has made statements widely perceived to be discriminatory toward Latinos and Muslims.

Councilman Gil Cedillo, who authored the resolution, said the presidential race has “given life to the harmful rhetoric that some of us have spent our entire career fighting against” and there appears to have been a recent rise in hate crimes against Latinos.

“It is important that the city of Los Angeles take a stand, against anyone, who incites hate, discrimination and intolerance,” Cedillo said. “It is our responsibility to take a stand and make a statement.”

Cedillo introduced the resolution in January to call for the city to go on record as supporting the state’s efforts to cut ties with Trump, as well as look into the city’s divestment options. A staff report on the issue was completed in March.

There was no explanation given for why it took several months for the issue to be taken up by the City Council, and it was only scheduled after Cedillo’s office alerted Councilman Herb Wesson, the chair of the Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee, of the delay.

Cedillo aide Fredy Ceja said it might have been “just a matter of scheduling.”

There was no immediate response to a request for comment from a representative of the Trump campaign.

—City News Service

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