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LA City Council abruptly cancels meeting

Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.
Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.
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Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti canceled the council's regular meeting Tuesday. Too few members showed up.

The meetings begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

“There are days when we have gone past 10:15 because there are time-sensitive items," Garcetti said.

That wasn’t the case. No powerful city labor union or big time developer was in attendance.

So Garcetti canceled the meeting when only eight of the required 10 members showed.

The two missing: Councilmen Paul Koretz (District 5) and Jose Huizar (District 14).

Koretz’ office said he was stuck in traffic.

Huizar, who’s up for re-election, was late arriving from an event touting his efforts on downtown development.

Garcetti has canceled meetings before.

“Whenever I’ve canceled the meeting, it’s been effective the next meeting and people show up on time," he said.

Whether they show up or not, LA’s 15 City Council members collects $175,000 annually. That's just about the largest council salaries in the nation.