Los Angeles Weekly releases audio recordings of city council meetings

Roots of L.A. City Council’s leaked audio scandal can be traced back decades

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In the 1990s, when the audio recordings of City Council meetings were leaked to the press by an informant, they did little more than stir up the gossip of powerful L.A. politicians.

Now, a few years later, those very recordings are fueling another kind of controversy among officials in the area – one with more political power.

In 2014, the city launched an investigation into leaked audio of the L.A. City Council session in May that led to the ousting of Councilman Ed Reyes, but the results were inconclusive, and the investigation is still ongoing. The recordings were also released in April by the Weekly, which is owned by the same company as the Eastsider weekly. As part of its investigation into the council members’ leaked audio, the Weekly identified city officials and others who had recorded the session for later use.

The Weekly report, released last week, was the first time Los Angeles officials have acknowledged, in public, the very fact that members of the city’s political establishment had recorded a council meeting.

This week, Los Angeles officials said they intend to release an additional batch of audio recordings that have been found in a storage facility behind the offices of a Los Angeles television station.

In addition to identifying other council members who secretly recorded meetings, the Weekly is also identifying people who were present at numerous city council meetings who were not recorded. That information is expected to be released by the city this week.

The revelations have already had a chilling effect on the political discourse in one of the most politically polarized regions in the

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