Los Angeles ditches Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted at 2:23 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 17:23:28-04

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KGTV) - The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, according to KABC.

Columbus Day is a federal holiday to recognize Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas in 1492.

Opponents called for the change, saying Columbus had ties to slavery and brutality.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated Columbus Day as a state holiday in 2009 as a cost-cutting measure, KABC reported.

VIDEO: The argument for changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

A dozen California cities give municipal employees a paid day off for Columbus Day.  The City of San Diego is not among them.