Los Angeles City Council District 10

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Los Angeles City Council District 10 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council.

It is located in southern Central Los Angeles and northern South Los Angeles. [1] [2] Herb Wesson has been the incumbent council member since 2005.


Present day district[edit]

The communities included in the 10th District, either in full or in part, are:[3]

For more neighborhoods represented by the district, see the official City of Los Angeles map of District 10.

Historical locations[edit]

The district has occupied the same general area since it was formed in 1925. With the city's changes in population, though, its western boundary has moved farther west and its southern boundary farther south. In 1961, San Fernando Valley residents for a time backed an unsuccessful plan to move the 10th District seat to the Valley after it was left vacant with the resignation of Council Member Charles Navarro.[4]

The rough boundaries or descriptions have been as follows:

1925: North, Pico Boulevard or 11th Street; south, Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard; east, Alameda Street; west, Vermont Avenue.[5] [6]

1926: North, Pico Boulevard; south, Jefferson Boulevard; east, Central Avenue; west, Vermont Avenue.[7]

1932–33: North, Pico Boulevard; south, Jefferson Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard; east, Hooper Avenue (two blocks west of Alameda); west, Vermont Avenue.[8][9]

1955: In the "south-central section of the city, extending roughly from Wilshire Blvd. to Jefferson Blvd., and from La Brea Ave. to Main St."[10]

1960: Baldwin Hills was shifted from the 10th District to the 6th District.[11]

1961: Covers "the general area known as the West Adams section."[12]

1973: Includes "parts of the Leimert Park, Crenshaw, Wilshire, West Adams, and Fairfax areas."[13]

1975: From "Olympic Blvd. on the north, to La Cienega Blvd. and Cattaraugus Ave. on the west, to Rodeo Road and Jefferson and Adams Blvds. on the south, to the Harbor Freeway on the east."[14]

1986: Los Angeles Times map shows district reaching Beverly Boulevard on the northeast, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the south, Sepulveda Boulevard on the west and Wilshire Boulevard on the north.[15]

1993: Stretches "from Palms to Koreatown and South Los Angeles."[16]

1990–95: "It is one of the city's most vibrant and diverse areas. Bisected by the Santa Monica Freeway, its population of 218,000 is increasingly Latino and Asian American. Latinos make up 41% of the district's residents, followed by African Americans at 35%, Asian Americans at 14% and whites, 10%, according to the 1990 Census."[17]


Eleven people have represented this district, and are:

  1. Charles E. Downs, 1925
  2. Otto J. Zahn, 1925–1927
  3. E. Snapper Ingram, 1927–1935
  4. G. Vernon Bennett, 1935–1951
  5. Charles Navarro, 1951–1961
  6. Joe E. Hollingsworth, 1961–1963
  7. Tom Bradley, 1963–1973
  8. David Cunningham, 1973–1987
  9. Nate Holden, 1987–2002
  10. Martin Ludlow, 2003–2005
  11. Herb Wesson, 2005–

Council member ephemera[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ James Rainey, "Holden Finishes Third in Own District," Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1993, page 18
  2. ^ Map is available @ City of Los Angeles website.
  3. ^ Neighborhoods, 10th District, city website
  4. ^ "Support for 5th Council Seat Grows," Los Angeles Times, July 20, 1961, page F-1
  5. ^ "First Map Showing City Council's Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page 1 The map shows all 15 council districts. The official boundaries of all 15 as limned by the city clerk are at "Councilmanic Districts Are Traced by Clerk Dominguez," Los Angeles Times, February 12, 1925, page A-2
  6. ^ "Here Are the Hundred and Twelve Aspirants for the City's Fifteen Councilmanic Seats," Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1925, page 7
  7. ^ "To the Citizens of Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, February 14, 1926, page B-5
  8. ^ "District Lines Get Approval," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page 2
  9. ^ "City Reapportionment Measure Gets Approval," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1933 With map of all districts.
  10. ^ "Unusual Setup for Council's Contests," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1955, page B-3
  11. ^ "Council OKs Changes in Its Districts," Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1960, page B-1
  12. ^ "12 Apply for Navarro City Council Seat," Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1961, page 21
  13. ^ Narda Z. Trout, "Council Race," Los Angeles Times, September 18, 1973, back page, Section A
  14. ^ Doug Shuit, "Incumbents," Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1975, page 3
  15. ^ "Los Angeles' Realigned Council Districts," September 21, 1986, page B-3
  16. ^ James Rainey, "Holden Finishes Third in Own District," Los Angeles Times, April 22, 1993, page 18
  17. ^ Peter Y. Hong, "Sparks Fly," Los Angeles Times, April 2, 1995
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