Los Angeles, CA - After a two hour meeting of the Council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental & Neighborhoods Committee voted unanimously to remove Columbus Day from the Los Angeles Administrative Code and replace as Indigenous Peoples Day on the 2nd Monday in October.
Chairman Herb J. Wesson opened the hearing with remarks by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell who introduced this Resolution in November 2015. “Let us not miss this opportunity to right a historic wrong and replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day,” stated O’Farrell before his colleagues.
The Committee listened to testimony from individuals both in support and opposition of the change and later made the recommendation for City staff to begin the process of replacing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in the Los Angeles Administrative Code and to make this historic change no later than 2019. A separate action was to explore another date for the creation of a Day celebrating LA’s Diversity.
After the vote, Councilmember O’Farrell said, “I feel hopeful and I am enormously encouraged that Angelenos will have a yearly celebration that everyone can be proud of. This is a big step forward toward a restorative, healing process for the Native American community.”
Councilmember O’Farrell first introduced his Resolution in November 2015. The Human Relations Commission convened several meetings between the Italian American and Native American community to receive input and create dialogue between the communities regarding this proposal.
Los Angeles would follow several cities and states in the US that have already replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
The Councilmembers who voted today include Herb J. Wesson, Jose Huizar and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. The City Council will take a vote later this summer.