‘I yield my time and f**k you’: Outgoing LA official delivers message to protesters in EPIC sign off

It was a rare sight to behold, but the entire Los Angeles City Council burst into laughter and applause Friday when an outgoing Democrat councilmember signed off with some profane language directed at council protesters.

“So I would just say lastly, to the disruptors and protesters who have done their best to make it difficult for us to do our work in the last 2-1/2 years, in their own words: I yield the rest of my time. F–k you,” councilmember Paul Koretz said.

In response, his fellow councilmembers and their staffers burst into applause, clapping, and even a standing ovation.

Watch (*Language warning):

“I just have to say, I didn’t warn Gail or anyone else that I was going to say that,” Koretz added, reportedly referencing his wife.

What he said about yielding his time can be traced to 2020, when protesters stormed a council hearing to make a big stink about Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore saying that violent/vandalizing Black Lives Matter rioters were as much to blame for George Floyd’s death as the Minneapolis police

“Moore apologized for the remark and walked it back, but the virtual meeting remained tense as officials heard caller after caller demand the chief’s resignation, say he was unfit for the job and voice concerns about the department and the state of policing in Los Angeles,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

One such caller was Jeremy Frisch.

“Black lives matter! Defund the police! I find it disgusting that the LAPD is slaughtering peaceful protesters on the street. I had two friends go to the protests in Beverly Hills a couple days ago. And the protest was peaceful until the police showed up with their excessive, violent force, shooting rubber bullets and throwing tear gas,” Frisch said.

“Is this what you think of protecting and serving? F–k you, Michel Moore. I refuse to call you an officer or a chief because you don’t deserve those titles. You are a disgrace. Suck my d–k and choke on it. I yield my time. F–k you!”  he added.


Though the BLM riots ended years ago, protests have been ongoing over new outrages, with the latest one involving racist remarks made by several councilmembers.

“Protesters have been a constant presence at council meetings in recent months following leaked audio of a racist 2021 conversation among Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Nury Martinez and Kevin de León and Ron Herrera, then-president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,” according to the Times.

“The protesters’ frequent chants have promised to keep interrupting meetings until both Cedillo and De León resign. The LAPD’s process for removing the protesters — usually one by one or in pairs — typically consumes the first 45 minutes of each meeting,” the Times reported on Friday.

All this said, while Koretz’s colleagues loved his remarks, many in the public felt differently.


Some of the critics also accused Koretz of being a Republican/conservative, but as noted earlier, he’s a full-fledged Democrat. One who just lost his bid for comptroller.

“City Controller candidate Kenneth Mejia declared victory shortly after first results came in on Tuesday night, which showed him ahead of opponent Paul Koretz by 23 percentage points,” LAist reported on Nov. 9th.

“On Wednesday, Koretz acknowledged defeat to the L.A. Times, saying, ‘I’m clearly not going to win at this point.’ He stopped short of formally announcing he’s conceding in the race, which he says may never come,” the local outlet added.

Since he didn’t run for reelection as councilmember, Koretz is now out for good, and his critics — many of them fellow leftists — couldn’t be any happier:


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