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Today at City Hall: 'There’s a man eating a pig head in the chamber'

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Democracy at work: today's L.A. City Council meeting included a shoutout to London, a performance by mariachis, and apparently contraband carnitas.

The Los Angeles City Council meets three days a week, but on Fridays the political business tends to take a backseat to pomp and circumstance—and occasional silliness—which is why at today’s two-and-a-half-hour meeting, the council celebrated Londoners and mariachis. And the meeting had a Mexican food motif.

During the time for public comment. Council President Herb Wesson cut off two women who wanted to talk about the Long Beach (710) Freeway project and told them it would be more appropriate to speak later on in the agenda.

One of the women decided to give a general comment.

“There’s a man eating a pig head in the chamber," she said. "There’s a stench of carnitas, which is making me extremely hungry and I don’t know that he will share. I think this is violating the decorum of your honorable chamber.” (You can watch her in the video here at about the 51-minute mark.)

Wesson instructed the City Hall cops: “Sergeants, why don’t you look into that concern?" 

That was followed by a performance from the famed mariachi group, Nati Cano and Los Camperos. Cano received a city proclamation from Councilman Jose Huizar, who then told his colleagues there were tamales in the council's back room. (Hungry yet?)

Earlier in the meeting, Councilman Tom LaBonge renewed his call for the Olympics to return to Los Angeles. He tried to help the cause by publicly thanking London for hosting the 2012 games. 

“We’re just saluting the great city of London for the Olympic games, as well as asking one day in the future we’ll get the games back,” said LaBonge in his trademark, uh, enthusiastic, style.  “Just a big shoutout to London in the hopes Los Angeles gets the games again.”

The Los Angeles City Council will be back in session on Tuesday. I can hardly wait... 

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