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Kevin de León’s constituents on what they’ve heard about him



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When The Occasions lately polled voters in Kevin de León’s council district, the survey requested respondents to inform us, in their very own phrases, what they’ve lately heard or examine their council member.

Just a few responses had been constructive. The overwhelming majority, nevertheless, mirror the disaffection many within the district really feel towards De León. The ballot discovered that by greater than 2 to 1, voters with unfavorable views of De León outnumber those that view him favorably.

General, about six in 10 voters instructed us that they had seen, learn or heard one thing lately that had an impression on how they consider De León. About three quarters of these mentioned that what that they had discovered had made them much less favorable to the council member.

When requested to specify what that they had heard, lots of the voters supplied simply transient responses: “Racist feedback” got here up typically — a reference to remarks that surfaced in October on a recording of a private meeting involving De León and two different council members, former council President Nury Martinez and former Councilmember Gil Cedillo. So did “refuses to resign,” reflecting the controversy within the district over demands that De León step down.

Different voters, nevertheless, supplied longer feedback, which supply a extra detailed view of their ideas. Some talked about the protests over De León’s refusal to step down. Others remembered a latest incident wherein De León and a protester had been involved in a shoving match at a toy giveaway.

One comment that De León made within the recorded assembly seems to have made an particularly sturdy impression on voters — his comment that then-Councilmember Mike Bonin used his Black son as a prop like a designer purse, a remark that an anguished Bonin denounced in a speech after the recording surfaced.

Right here’s what we requested: “What particularly do you recall seeing, studying, or listening to lately about Kevin de León?”

And right here is a collection of the responses, within the voters’ personal phrases. To protect the anonymity of the ballot, respondents are recognized solely by gender, ethnicity and an age vary.

From supporters:

White male, 65+
Heard in regards to the protest at his residence, excessive, don’t agree with it. He has accomplished good issues prior to now — state authorities. The one factor he did fallacious was rise up defensively — favorable with homosexual rights, has accomplished good issues.

Latino man, 65+
When he acquired attacked and [I] heard he acquired accused of issues I didn’t imagine in

Latino girl, 50-65
His feedback … he tousled

From opponents:

Latino man, 18-34
He in contrast a Black youngster to a purse and confirmed no management when folks round him had been being racist. He additionally refuses to step down from his place.

Asian American girl, 18-34
He made anti-Black racist remarks in a non-public assembly with Nury Martinez and different Metropolis Council members.

Latino man, 50-65
I suppose what I’ve heard currently, however there was some pushing and shoving form of match. … I do know he’s actually making an attempt to fix fences, refusing to resign. That’s just about what I do know.

White man, 18-34
The transcript of his racist feedback and efforts to gerrymander his district, and his later lies about his conduct, downplaying of his function, and refusal to resign or face penalties for his actions.

Asian American girl, 50-65
Typical profession politician leaping from one place to the following as a result of time period limits; going so far as establishing residence in an space with a view to be a consultant.

He in contrast a younger youngster to a hand bag

— Asian girl, 35-49

Latino man, 50-65
Racist remarks and redistricting to profit himself and others in elections.

White girl, 50-65
He refuses to resign. He continues to gather a paycheck however isn’t in a position to do something for his district as a result of his present circumstances.

White girl, 18-34
There was that labor assembly wherein he was recorded saying very divisive issues in regards to the inhabitants of L.A. Anti-Black sentiment. He didn’t problem Nury Martinez. Different issues that clearly present that he’s not supportive of different racial backgrounds apart from Latinos.

Latino man, 50-65
His response in the direction of the audio tapes that had been found, and I really feel he isn’t actually adequately responding to….

White man, 65+
He doesn’t perceive the standard of his racist remarks. He’s filled with himself.

White girl, 35-49
He was concerned in racist feedback and has not resigned and brought duty.

Asian feminine, 35-49
He in contrast a younger youngster to a hand bag, youngster was Black, racist remarks.

What do you concentrate on Kevin de León’s service on the Metropolis Council? Depart a response within the feedback part.