Councilman Cedillo regrets “hipster” agenda campaign remarks; prepare for L.A. Marathon street closures

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Morning Report

  • After preliminary results showed that First District Councilman Gil Cedillo had avoided a runoff, the incumbent councilman said that voters had rejected the “trendy, hippy, hipster proposal and agenda” of challenger Joe-Bray Ali. Now, Cedillo is taking back those words after the updated election results show that he’s likely to be forced into a runoff with Bray-Ali. “I should not have referred to his campaign … as a hipster campaign or candidacy,” Cedillo told the L.A. Times.  The county clerk is scheduled to finish counting outstanding ballots on Monday.  If Cedillo remains with less than 50% of the vote, he and Bray-Ali will face off in the May 16 general election.
  • Many streets — including Sunset Boulevard — and freeway offramps in the Echo Park and Silver Lake area will be closed Sunday morning for the L.A. Marathon.  Several Metro and DASH bus lines will also be disrupted and delayed for several hours. The first closures are expected to begin around 3 am on Sunday — pay close attention to the temporary No Parking signs. Most streets in Echo Park and Silver Lake are expected to reopen before noon.

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  1. This is such a nightmare for locals who need to work early on Marathon day. Especially when one needs to cross over Sunset from Echo Park Avenue to the Convention Center.

    • Oh BOO HOO! Everyday is a nightmare for millions of Angelenos attempting to navigate this city sans automobile. They have had this route for over 5 years why haven’t you figured it out yet?

  2. Of course he regrets it now that his position in in jeopardy with a run off election. If there were no run off, he’d absolutely stand by what he said.

    And yes…it’s a dog whistle back handed comment meant to send a very clear message to those who can read between the lines.

    He’s divisive and desperate and he’s going bye bye.

  3. CEDILLO should not apologize . Joe s campaign is hipster.

  4. I’m not a Gil hater, but it’s time for a very active, fresh, hands on person to step in. I can’t tell you how very unresponsive Cedillo’s office staff is. CD 1 faces very serious challenges and I think many of us are looking for an active leader willing to roll his sleeves up and make
    changes. I will say that Cedillo is a lover of the Arts, supporting arts and creating an annual jazz concert, but we are all looking for new leadership with a fresh approach. It’s not just hipsters either. There’s many latinos supporting Joe. Joe is ready to throw himself into the job, whereas Cedillo has been a Sacramento politician for many years and it’s time for a change on a very local level.

  5. Hipsters show up to vote. I bet he has regrets for saying what he said.

  6. I do support Cedillo however. He did the right thing in yesterday’s PLUM meeting in sticking up for the rights of people to be able to build accessory dwelling units also known as granny flats in their backyards.

    • He wasn’t sticking up for anything. The State of California has new rules regarding accessory dwelling units because the legislature in Sacramento passed them. It has nothing to do with PLUM or the city’s Housing Committee – because those two committees are where housing reforms go to die.

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