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LA City Council members skip conference despite recess

L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of two council members at the National League of Cities conference this week.
L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of two council members at the National League of Cities conference this week. Frank Stoltze/KPCC

It’s quiet around City Hall this week, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in South America and the Los Angeles City Council on recess.

The council isn't meeting so members can attend the National League of Cities conference in Boston. But … that doesn’t mean the council members are actually there. 

Councilman Jose Huizar, for example, is in Korea with the Korean American Federation to talk about economic development. He and State Sen. Kevin De Leon are meeting with the new owners of the Wilshire Grand Hotel, which is now a part of Huizar’s district. He will also visit the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and school leaders in the Kyonggi Province. 

Councilman Tony Cardenas, meanwhile, has been in Washington, D.C., preparing for his next job as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

A spokesman for Joe Buscaino says the 15th District rep was scheduled to attend the NLC meeting but had to cancel due to a family emergency.

So, who is at the conference in Boston? Councilmen Ed Reyes and Mitch Englander. That attendance is even worse than the council's representation at September's League of California Cities conference. 

The Los Angeles City Council will be back in session on Dec. 4, before enjoying the winter recess from Dec. 18 to Dec. 28. 

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