Column: Racist recordings marked a new low for City Hall. Can it be the start of a better L.A.?

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The Roman statesman Cicero, in the years before he was decapitated by political rivals in 43 BC, could not have known that one of his quotations would be engraved on the southern face of Los Angeles City Hall.

It reads: “He that violates his oath profanes the divinity of faith itself.”

The last time I noted this was in February 2019, when I wrote about the snake’s nest of political corruption scandals making news at the time, even as City Hall itself was in the midst of a rodent infestation.

“Employees shouldn’t have to come to work worried about rodents,” said then-council President Herb Wesson.

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