Cudahy Mayor Resigns Amid Corruption Charges
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The mayor of the city of Cudahy announced his resignation after he and two other city officials were indicted in a federal corruption sting.
KCAL9’s Carter Evans reports the move came as residents stormed a City Council meeting.
Vice Mayor Frank Gurule revealed Mayor David Silva’s resignation at the start of city council meeting.
“Mayor Silva’s resignation should also serve as a reminder to all that elected representatives are accountable to the people and held to a higher standard than most of us,” said Gurule.
Silva, city councilman Osvaldo Conde and former head of code enforcement Angel Perales are accused of taking $17,000 in bribes from the owner of a marijuana dispensary.
The three officials were arrested June 22 on federal bribery charges.
No details were announced regarding the status of Conde or Perales.
A coalition of Cudahy residents known as CAUSA (Cudahy Association — Unidos Salimos Adelante) rallied before the meeting to demand Silva’s resignation and suspension of the salaries of both Silva and Conde.
But resident Blanco Ramos said progress still needs to be made even after the announcement of Silva’s resignation.
“Vote them out of office, and if that doesn’t happen, if they don’t agree with that, then we will proceed and follow through like the rest of the communities have and get them out of office,” said Ramos.