Nearly half of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for council members Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo to be censured for taking part in a conversation with a top county labor official that included racist comments aimed at Councilman Mike Bonin’s 2-year-old Black adopted son, and at other ethnic groups.

According to the city charter, council members can be censured with a two-thirds vote if they conduct actions that “constitute a gross failure to meet such high standards, even if the action does not constitute a ground for removal from office under the Charter.”

Martinez, de León and Cedillo are facing calls to resign their seats completely, both from some of their colleagues, public officials around the state, local civil rights and faith leaders and members of the public who spoke at the council chamber on Tuesday.

Martinez announced a leave of absence Tuesday, but has defied calls to resign, as have de León and Cedillo. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera, the fourth official who took part in the conversation, resigned Monday.

Council members Bonin, Paul Krekorian, Mitch O’Farrell, Curren Price, Nithya Raman and Paul Koretz signed onto one motion, while Councilman Bob Blumenfield introduced a separate motion also calling for the three members to be censured.

With full attendance, the council would need 10 members to vote to censure Martinez, de León and Cedillo.

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