LOS ANGELES—Art Snyder, who served on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly two decades while surviving numerous personal scandals, has died. He was 79.

Family friend Emerson Duque tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/SDzKG2) that Snyder died Wednesday at his Huntington Beach home. The cause of death isn't determined.

Snyder represented Boyle Heights and other eastern neighborhoods from 1967 to 1985. He backed anti-gang programs and brought affordable housing projects to the largely Latino area.

The colorful Snyder also was involved in several accidents in city cars, survived a trial for drunken driving, made headlines by eloping with a 19-year-old aide and survived a recall attempt.

He became a lobbyist after leaving the council. His law license was briefly suspended following a 1996 misdemeanor conviction for campaign finance violations.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com