Los Angeles City Council District 13 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council. The 13th District was mapped at its origin in 1925 in the eastern part of the city, but over the years it has been shifted west in keeping with the city's population changes. Today, it covers the areas in and around Hollywood. Mitch O'Farrell is the current council member.
A new city charter effective in 1925 replaced the former "at large" voting system for a nine-member council with a district system with a 15-member council. Each district was to be approximately equal in population, based upon the voting in the previous gubernatorial election; thus redistricting was done every four years. (At present, redistricting is done every ten years, based upon the preceding U.S. census results.) The numbering system established in 1925 for City Council districts began with No. 1 in the north of the city, the San Fernando Valley, and ended with No. 15 in the south, the Harbor area.
Rough boundaries or descriptions of the 13th District have been as follows:
1986. After several attempts at redrawing councilmanic districts in accordance with a U.S. court order to provide for increased Latino representation, the City Council in 1986 adopted a plan that stripped Chinatown, Echo Park and adjoining areas from the 13th District but kept Hollywood and Silver Lake and also cut north into Studio City. The result was a decided shift to the north and west, including part of Studio City within the San Fernando Valley and all of Coldwater Canyon. The eastern boundary was roughly the east edge of Elysian Park.
More than 80 percent of residents are renters, and the median household income is $24,074. Forty percent of children live in poverty. Sixteen percent of residents have no education beyond the sixth grade and 46 percent have no high school diploma; 17 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The average household size is 2.9 persons. Thirty percent of the population is under 20 years, while 11 percent is over 60.