Los Angeles's 14th City Council district

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Los Angeles's 14th
City Council district

Map of the district
  Kevin de León
DEagle Rock
Demographics13.6% White
4.2% Black
68.1% Hispanic
12.4% Asian
0.2% Other
Population (2020)264,741
Registered voters (2017)123,551

Los Angeles's 14th City Council district is one of the fifteen districts in the Los Angeles City Council. The district, which has a large Latin American population, includes the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles and parts of Northeast Los Angeles. It is currently represented by Democrat Kevin de León since 2020. He replaced José Huizar after winning outright in the special election held during the 2020 California primaries; he was officially appointed on October 15, 2020. Huizar had vacated the seat earlier in the year due to bribery and corruption allegations.[1]

The district was created in 1925 after a new city charter was passed, which replaced the former "at large" voting system for a nine-member council with a district system with a 15-member council. Since its creation, it hasn't strayed from its original location, always residing in the Northeast Los Angeles and Downtown Los Angeles areas, which neighborhoods have been historically Latino.[2] The district has been involved in scandals with the suspension of member José Huizar in 2020 and the audio scandal of Kevin de León in 2022.[3]


District 14 consists of all or part of the neighborhoods of the Downtown, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Lincoln Heights, and Monterey Hills. The Boyle Heights and Northeast sections are connected by a narrow strip of land.[4]

The district is completely within California's 34th congressional district as well as residing within California's 24th State Senate district and California's 51st and 53rd State Assembly district.

Historical boundaries[edit]

Historical boundaries have not differed from the modern bounties, always representing Eagle Rock and Highland Park. As the city's population increased, it has expanded southward. In 1925, the district included the communities of Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Annandale before expanding westward to Allesandro Street in 1928.[5][6] In 1933, the District was expanded to have the boundaries at South Pasadena, Pasadena, Glendale, and Glendale Boulevard, before the western boundary was moved to meet at Griffith Park and including the Atwater area in 1935.[7][8] In 1955, the district expanded to include Rose Hill.[9]

In 1971, the district now began in the East Los Angeles Mexican-American barrios of El Sereno and Lincoln Heights, extending westward across the Pasadena Freeway to Anglo middle-class homes in Glassell Park, Highland Park, Hermon, and Eagle Rock through Griffith Park. Around the western edge of the district is the Los Feliz District, with some of the city's more expensive homes."[10] In 1986, Los Feliz was removed from the district. Southern reach included El Sereno, College Avenue, Huntington Drive and portions of Alhambra Avenue and Valley Boulevard, then across the San Bernardino Freeway to Brooklyn Avenue, East Beverly Boulevard, Fourth Street and Whittier Boulevard.[11]

List of members representing the district[edit]

Councilmember Party Dates Electoral history
District established July 1, 1925

Isaac Colton Ash
(Eagle Rock)
Republican July 1, 1925 –
June 30, 1927
Elected in 1925.

William G. Bonelli
(Eagle Rock)
Republican July 1, 1927 –
June 30, 1929
Elected in 1927.
Retired to run for Mayor of Los Angeles.

Charles A. Holland
(Highland Park)
Democratic July 1, 1929 –
June 30, 1931
Elected in 1929.
Lost re-election.

Edward L. Thrasher
(Glassell Park)
Democratic July 1, 1931 –
June 30, 1943
Elected in 1931.
Re-elected in 1933.
Re-elected in 1935.
Re-elected in 1937.
Re-elected in 1939.
Lost re-election.

John C. Holland
(Highland Park)
Republican July 1, 1943 –
June 30, 1967
Elected in 1943.
Re-elected in 1945.
Re-elected in 1947.
Re-elected in 1949.
Re-elected in 1951.
Re-elected in 1953.
Re-elected in 1955.
Re-elected in 1959.
Re-elected in 1963.

Art Snyder
(Eagle Rock)
Republican July 1, 1967 –
October 4, 1985
Elected in 1967.
Re-elected in 1971.
Re-elected in 1975.
Re-elected in 1979.
Re-elected in 1983.
Vacant October 4, 1985 –
October 10, 1985

Richard Alatorre
(Eagle Rock)
Democratic October 10, 1985 –
June 30, 1999
Elected to finish Snyder's term.
Re-elected in 1989.
Re-elected in 1991.
Re-elected in 1995.

Nick Pacheco
(Eagle Rock)
Democratic July 1, 1999 –
June 30, 2003
Elected in 1999.
Lost re-election.

Antonio Villaraigosa
(Eagle Rock)
Democratic July 1, 2003 –
July 1, 2005
Elected in 2003.
Retired to run for Mayor of Los Angeles.[13]
Vacant July 1, 2005 –
December 1, 2006

José Huizar
(Boyle Heights)
Democratic December 1, 2006 –
August 8, 2020
Elected to finish Villaraigosa's term.
Re-elected in 2007.
Re-elected in 2011.
Re-elected in 2015.
Suspended after a bribery indictment.[14]
Vacant August 8, 2020 –
October 15, 2020

Kevin de León
(Eagle Rock)
Democratic October 15, 2020 –
Elected, then appointed to finish Huizar's term.
Re-elected in 2020.


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  1. ^ "Councilman-elect Kevin de León appointed to vacant LA city seat". Daily News. October 13, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Regardie, Jon (November 15, 2019). "The Battle to Fill the City Council Seat Being Vacated by José Huizar". Los Angeles.
  3. ^ Arellano, Gustavo (January 21, 2023). "Column: May Jose Huizar's fall be the end of the 'Eastside politico'". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Hernández, Caitlin (November 18, 2022). "LA City Council In 2023: Your Guide To Who's Who (And What They Do)". LAist.
  5. ^ "First Map Showing City's Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page A-1 Includes a map.
  6. ^ "Council Areas' Lines Changed," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1928, page A-1
  7. ^ "District Lines Get Approval," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page 2
  8. ^ "Do You Know Who Your City Councilman Is?" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1935, page 22 Includes a map.
  9. ^ "Unusual Setup for Council's Contests," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1955, page B-3
  10. ^ Bill Boyarsky, "Snyder Expected to Win Easily," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1971, page C-1
  11. ^ "Los Angeles' Realigned Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1986 Includes a map.
  12. ^ Janet Clayton, "Snyder to Quit City Council," Los Angeles Times, January 2, 1985
  13. ^ "Villaraigosa cruises to victory", The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 18, 2005
  14. ^ "L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar charged in federal corruption probe". Los Angeles Times. June 23, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.

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