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Cudahy mayor resigns following arrest in bribery scandal

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The mayor of Cudahy resigned today, almost two weeks after he was arrested by federal authorities for allegedly taking part in a bribery scheme to get $17,000 from a medical marijuana clinic owner. 

David Silva's resignation was announced at this afternoon's Cudahy City Council meeting, and was first reported by ABC7. 

Along with Silva, Cudahy Councilman Osvaldo Conde, 50, and Angel Perales, 43, who ran the Code Enforcement Division in Cudahy, were arrested June 22 for allegedly soliciting and accepting $17,000 in bribes. The three men met with an FBI informant -- the medical marijuana clinic owner -- in February to receive the money. The confidential informant secretly recorded conversations with Silva, Conde and Perales. 

Following his arrest, Silva was released on a $50,000 appearance bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 13.

Vice Mayor Frank Gurule announced the resignation. 

"The news of this resignation brings an end to a term of public service by Mr. Silva. It's unfortunate this news comes on the heels of some alleged criminal activity," Gurule said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Conde did not attend today's city council meeting but remains in elected office. 

Cudahy is a city of 24,000 people in southeast Los Angeles. 

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