Behind closed doors, Nuri Martinez, the president of the Los Angeles City Council,

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Made overtly racist comments, made fun of some of her council colleagues

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And used unusually crude language to discuss how the city should be politically divided.

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Before a leaked audio burst on Sunday and brought Los Angeles City Hall to public notice,

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The conversation stayed hidden for almost a year.

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Three of Martinez's council assistants had demanded his resignation by Sunday night.

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In the lead-up to the approaching election on November 8

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leaks emerged as a fresh and explosive topic, prompting candidates—

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Some of whom were supported by Martinez—to stake out positions.

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Martinez and other Latino leaders present during the taped conversation were unaware

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