The Los Angeles City Council is set to resume in-person meetings next week in the council chamber, according to the city clerk’s office.
The agenda for next Tuesday and Wednesday’s meeting, posted Friday afternoon, notes the meeting location as the council chamber at City Hall. A representative from the city clerk’s office confirmed the in-person meetings to City News Service.
The council held meetings virtually this week due to COVID-19 exposure, with 10 members — the minimum for a quorum — present for most of all three meetings.
Both Council President Paul Krekorian and Councilman Mike Bonin have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week, though Bonin has since tested negative. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, the council’s current president pro tempore presided over meetings this week in front of an empty chamber while Krekorian and the other council members joined remotely.
CNS has reached out to Krekorian’s office for an update on whether the council president has tested negative.
Last week’s meetings were either delayed, adjourned or canceled as protesters filled the council chamber demanding the resignations of the council members involved in the City Hall racism scandal. While former Council President Nury Martinez has resigned, Councilmen Kevin de LeÃ³n and Gil Cedillo have defied calls for resignation.
If neither resigns by Tuesday — and de LeÃ³n already said this week he does not plan on stepping down — protesters could attempt to disrupt the meeting again if it is held in-person.
Items scheduled to be taken up next week by the council include calling a special election to fill Martinez’s vacant seat and censuring de LeÃ³n and Cedillo.