Two L.A. City Council meetings to be held virtually next week

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The Los Angeles City Council will meet virtually Tuesday and Wednesday, acting President Mitch O’Farrell said Friday.

O’Farrell cited a COVID-19 exposure Tuesday in council chambers, saying in a statement that a number of elected officials had been exposed, and it was possible there would be more positive cases.

“The virtual meeting is due to the COVID-19 diagnosis, and that’s it. We know Angelenos are still feeling pain and anger, and they have every right to weigh in and express those feelings,” O’Farrell spokesperson Dan Halden said in an email Friday night. “We will take public comment so that people have ample opportunity to make their voices heard.”

Critics suggested that the COVID-19 exposure was being used as an excuse to keep protesters from disrupting the meetings in the wake of this week’s furor over a leaked audio recording of councilmembers making racist and derogatory remarks.

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