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

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


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