Kevin de León’s statements about the city council’s audit

Organizers launch bid to recall embattled L.A. City Councilmember Kevin de León — video

The board of the L.A. city auditor is set to vote Monday on whether to recall L.A. City Councilmember Kevin de León, a move that would be the first attempt in decades to oust a councilmember by councilmembers in Los Angeles.

The recall effort was triggered by statements de León made in which he questioned whether the city auditor’s report on his 2016 expenditures was in the hands of his opponents, and questioned whether the L.A. Ethics Commission was properly investigating him. The Ethics Commission has conducted an investigation into the conduct of 11 officials. The mayor has asked City Council to recall all 11 members, a proposal that would require a two-thirds majority.

The recall effort has some support among the city council’s black and Latino caucuses, as well as the city council’s chief ombudsman’s office. The only council members to have opposed calls to recall have been longtime councilmembers Mitchell Englander and Bernard C. Parks. On Monday, de León spokesman Bill Whitaker said de León welcomes and appreciates the council’s efforts to hold an audit.

The recall has so far failed to draw the number of signatures needed in order to force a recall election, city records show.

De León, 55, was elected to the city council in 2012. He was elected to the state assembly two years later. He serves on the council’s Public Safety Committee and its Public Works Committee.

The auditor’s report is set to be released Tuesday.

Here are statements de León made last week:

Statement by Kevin de León

The L.A. City Council should not force the resignation of a respected member of the L.A. City Council who wants to uphold the Constitution of the City of Los Angeles.

For at least two-and-a-half years the Los Angeles City Council has been using a non-recusal process to bury the truth about my expenditures. They have lied about what they are and are not working on. Instead of focusing on important issues facing the City of Los Angeles they are spending their time on other issues that

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