Cal Cities President denounces racist and divisive remarks made by Los Angeles public leaders

Oct 10, 2022

Contact: Kayla Sherwood
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Sacramento — In response to recently released audio recordings of hateful statements made by Los Angeles public leaders, League of California Cities President and Artesia Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj released the following statement:

“We are living in a time of divisiveness where some would rather sow seeds of division than unite our communities.

“These actions are harmful and disrespectful to our residents and contrary to our role as local officials. There is no room for this behavior in our city halls, and all involved must do the right thing now.

“What I know for sure is that we are stronger when city leaders are working together to build places where every resident and city official feels safe and is treated with dignity.

“We must lead with respect. We must remain dedicated in our commitment to serving our communities as well as each other. It’s the only way we can achieve our shared goals of building thriving, equitable, prosperous cities for all.”

Established in 1898, the League of California Cities is a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials. Cal Cities’ mission is to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians.