Los Angeles City Council District 8
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.
As the city's population expanded to the west, the 8th District's boundaries gradually shifted that way as well. Areas covered over the years have been:
1929: "Extreme southwest."
1932–33: ". . . due to the exceptional growth of the western part of the city, a general movement toward the ocean was necessary." East boundary: Central Avenue. North: Vernon Avenue. West: Vermont Avenue. South: Century Boulevard.
1935: Roughly the same as in 1932.
1940: "The general trend is westward and northeastward, due to heavy construction in the San Fernando Valley and the beach areas." In 1940, the 8th District was bounded on the north by Vernon Avenue, on the west by Western Avenue, on the east by the city limits or Alameda Street and on the south by about Slauson Avenue.
1955: ". . . bordering on Huntington Park and Vernon, from Vernon Avenue to 94th Street. . . . A considerable percentage of the population is Negro; they hold that their race should have some representation in the City Council. On the other hand, left-wing Democrats, following the banner of Rep. Jimmy Roosevelt, also have a candidate in the race, which may split the Negro vote."
1975: "The district runs in a north-south line in South-Central Los Angeles, from Adams and Jefferson Blvds. on the north, to Normandie and Central Avenue on the west, 118th St. on the south, and Arlington and Van Ness on the west. . . . [It] suffers some of the worst crime, unemployment and housing problems in the city."
The district has been represented by nine men and no women. They have been:
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- Tina Daunt and Seema Mehta, "Council Districts Drawn to Benefit Valley, Latinos," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2002
- "Map Showing City's Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page A-1
- "To the Citizens of Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, February 14, 1926, page B-5
- "Council Areas' Lines Changed," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1928, page A-1
- "Political Fur Flies at Finish," Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1929, page 2
- "District Lines Approved," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page A-1
- "City Reapportionment Measure Gets Approval," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1933 With map of all districts.
- "Do You Know Who Your Councilman Is?" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1935, page 22 Includes a map.
- "New Council Zones Defined," Los Angeles Times, January 7, 1937, page A-18
- "Proposed New Alignment for City Voting Precincts," Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1940, page A-3 Includes a map.
- "Unusual Setup for Council's Contests," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1955, page B-2
- "New Council Districting Voted 14-0," Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1964, page A-1
- Bill Boyarsky, "Yorty-Potter Clash Seen as Filings Close," Los Angeles Times, January 12, 1971, page A-1
- Doug Shuit, "5 Council Incumbents Coasting," Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1975, page E-2
- James Rainey and Greg Krikorian, "Beaten to the Draw, Holden Vows a Fight," Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1992, page 1
- "Crenshaw Ridley-Thomas Field Office," Los Angeles Times, July 30, 1992