Los Angeles City Council District 14
Los Angeles City Council District 14 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council. The district has a large Latin American population and includes the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Downtown Los Angeles, and parts of Northeast Los Angeles. Councilmember Kevin de León has represented the district since 2020. De León replaced José Huizar as Councilmember 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.
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.
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.
District 14 has always represented Eagle Rock and Highland Park. As the city's population increased, it has expanded southward. The rough boundaries or descriptions of the district have been as follows:
- 1928: Westward extension to Allesandro Street.
- 1935: Same general area as 1932, with the western boundary at Griffith Park, thus including the Atwater area.
- 1971: "The district begins in the East Los Angeles Mexican-American barrios of El Sereno and Lincoln Heights extends 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."
- 1986: No longer includes Los Feliz. Southern reach includes 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.
District 14 has been represented by 10 men and no women:
- Los Angeles City Council districts
- Los Angeles City Council
- Torristas and Molinistas, a term used to describe a political feud in Los Angeles in the last part of the 20th century
- Official city map of District 10 boundaries
- "Councilman-elect Kevin de León appointed to vacant LA city seat". Daily News. 2020-10-13. Retrieved 2020-10-15.
- Tina Daunt and Seema Mehta, "Council Districts Drawn to Benefit Valley, Latinos," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2002
- "First Map Showing City's Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page A-1 Includes a map.
- "Council Areas' Lines Changed," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1928, page A-1
- "District Lines Get Approval," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page 2
- "Do You Know Who Your City Councilman Is?" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1935, page 22 Includes a map.
- "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-3
- Bill Boyarsky, "Snyder Expected to Win Easily," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1971, page C-1
- "Los Angeles' Realigned Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, September 21, 1986 Includes a map.