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Following Huizar Corruption Scandal, Newly Appointed LA City Councilmember Kevin de León Talks Priorities For District 14




California State Senator Kevin de Leon delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
California State Senator Kevin de Leon delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Kevin de León is now the newest member of the Los Angeles City Council. He was sworn in earlier this month. 

The newest councilmember is filling the seat of embattled Councilman Jose Huizar. The seat became open during the summer after Huizar was suspended for his alleged role in a bribery scandal, in which he is accused of accepting at least $1.5 million in favors from real estate developers, taking more than $800,000 from a Chinese billionaire who owned a hotel in his district, and using his family members to launder money.

De León challenged Dianne Feinstein for her U.S. Senate seat in 2018. Prior to that, he was a California state senator from 2014 to 2018, representing downtown and east L.A. In March, he won the primary for the city council seat outright with more than 50% of the vote and then was appointed early.

Today on AirTalk, the newly appointed councilmember joins Larry to discuss his new role and plans for the district. Do you have questions? Call us at 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story here

Guest: 

Kevin de León, Los Angeles City Councilmember for District 14, which includes neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Downtown L.A. and El Sereno; he’s also former president of the California State Senate; he tweets @kdeleon