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Los Angeles's 9th City Council district

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Los Angeles's 9th
City Council district

Map of the district
  Curren Price
DSouth Park
Demographics2.1% White
15.7% Black
79.9% Hispanic
13.3% Asian
0.2% Other
Population (2020)264,172
Registered voters (2017)91,121

Los Angeles's 9th City Council district is one of the fifteen districts in the Los Angeles City Council. It is currently represented by Democrat Curren Price since 2013 after winning an election to succeed Jan Perry, who ran for Mayor of Los Angeles that year.

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. The district has occupied the same general area since it was formed in 1925. With the city's changes in population, its western boundary has moved farther west to include much of Downtown.


The 9th formerly covered the entire core of Downtown Los Angeles, before redistricting divided it between the 9th and the 14th District. The district's boundary continues several miles to the south and ends just north of Watts. It includes Vermont Square, Central-Alameda, and Green Meadows, stretching from Downtown and with University of Southern California, Exposition Park, L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Convention Center being notable places within the district.[1]

The district is completely within California's 37th congressional district and California's 28th State Senate district with a part in California's 35th State Senate district, and is part of California's 57th State Assembly district and California's 55th State Assembly district.

Historical boundaries[edit]

The district was preceded by the ninth ward, established in 1889 with the passing of the 1888 charter. The ward was situated in Downtown Los Angeles, including Bunker Hill, Los Angeles and Financial District. It elected one member through a plurality vote before the ward became obsolete when the at-large district was re-established again in 1909.[2] The ward had one of the longest serving members before the passing of the 1925 charter, being Republican Everett L. Blanchard who served for fifteen years.

In 1925, the district was created and was bounded on the north by Alhambra Avenue, south by the Vernon city line, east by Indiana Street, and west by Alameda Avenue with the Los Angeles River bisecting it.[3][4][5] In 1928, the western boundary was moved west to Hill Street.[6] In 1933, it was bounded on the north by Alhambra Avenue, south by 25th Street, Indiana Street; west, Figueroa Street.[7][8]

In 1964, it encompassed all of the downtown area.[9] In 1990, it comprised Downtown, Little Tokyo, and Chinatown, and about 70 blocks south of Downtown.[10] A year later, it spanned from Chinatown on the north to 84th Street on the south.[11]

List of members representing the district[edit]


Councilmember Party Years Electoral history
Single-member ward established February 25, 1989

Robert E. Wirsching
Republican February 25, 1889 –
December 5, 1890
Elected in 1889.
Not a candidate for the next election.

Samuel Rees
(Boyle Heights)
Republican December 5, 1890 –
December 12, 1892
Elected in 1890.

George W. Campbell
(Boyle Heights)
Republican December 12, 1892 –
December 14, 1894
Elected in 1892.

Everett L. Blanchard
(Boyle Heights)
Republican December 12, 1894 –
December 5, 1902
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Re-elected in 1900.
Lost re-election.

Frank U. Nofziger
(Boyle Heights)
Republican December 5, 1902 –
December 8, 1904
Elected in 1902.
Lost re-election.

Everett L. Blanchard
(Boyle Heights)
Republican December 8, 1904 –
December 10, 1909
Elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Single-member ward eliminated December 10, 1909


Councilmember Party Dates Electoral history
District established July 1, 1925

Winfred J. Sanborn
(Boyle Heights)
Republican July 1, 1925 –
June 30, 1931
Redistricted from the at-large district and re-elected in 1925.
Re-elected in 1927.
Re-elected in 1929.
Lost re-election.

George W. C. Baker
(Boyle Heights)
Republican July 1, 1931 –
June 30, 1935
Elected in 1931.
Re-elected in 1933.
Lost re-election.

Parley P. Christensen
(Bunker Hill)
Independent July 1, 1935 –
June 30, 1937
Elected in 1935.
Lost re-election.

Howard E. Dorsey
(Boyle Heights)
Democratic July 1, 1937 –
August 7, 1937
Elected in 1937.
Vacant August 7, 1937 –
September 20, 1937

Winfred J. Sanborn
(Boyle Heights)
Republican September 20, 1937 –
June 30, 1939
Appointed to finish Dorsey's term.[12]
Lost election.

Parley P. Christensen
(Bunker Hill)
Democratic July 1, 1939 –
June 30, 1949
Elected in 1939.
Re-elected in 1943.
Re-elected in 1947.
Lost re-election.

Edward R. Roybal
(Boyle Heights)
Democratic July 1, 1949 –
December 31, 1962
Elected in 1949.
Re-elected in 1951.
Re-elected in 1953.
Re-elected in 1957.
Re-elected in 1961.
Resigned when elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.[13]
Vacant December 31, 1962 –
January 28, 1963

Gilbert W. Lindsay
(Vermont Square)
Democratic January 28, 1963 –
December 28, 1990
Appointed to finish Roybal's term.[14]
Elected in 1963.
Re-elected in 1965.
Re-elected in 1969.
Re-elected in 1973.
Re-elected in 1977.
Re-elected in 1981.
Re-elected in 1985.
Re-elected in 1965.
Re-elected in 1989.
Vacant December 28, 1990 –
July 1, 1991

Rita Walters
(Vermont Square)
Democratic July 1, 1991 –
June 30, 2001
Elected to finish Lindsay's term.
Elected in 1993.
Re-elected in 1997.

Jan Perry
(Miracle Mile)
Democratic July 1, 2001 –
June 30, 2013
Elected in 2001.
Re-elected in 2005.
Retired to run for Mayor.

Curren Price
(South Park)
Democratic July 1, 2013 –
Elected in 2013
Re-elected in 2017.
Re-elected in 2022.


  1. ^ Hernández, Caitlin (November 18, 2022). "LA City Council In 2023: Your Guide To Who's Who (And What They Do)". LAist.
  2. ^ Stevens, Mark H. The Road to Reform: Los Angeles' Municipal Elections of 1909: Part II. Vol. 86. University of California Press. pp. 325–368.
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "Here Are the Hundred and Twelve Aspirants for the City's Fifteen Councilmanic Seats," Los Angeles Times, May 3, 1925, page 7
  5. ^ "To the Citizens of Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, February 14, 1926, page B-5
  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. ^ "City Reapportionment Measure Gets Approval," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1933 With map of all districts.
  9. ^ Jack McCurdy, "New Council Districting Voted 14-0," Los Angeles Times, July 16, 1964, page A-1
  10. ^ Bill Boyarsky, "The Fight to Save the 9th District," Los Angeles Times, December 28, 1990, page 2
  11. ^ A.S. Doc Young, "Los Angeles Mourns 'Emperor of Great Ninth,' " Los Angeles Sentinel, January 3-10, 1991, page 1
  12. ^ "Sanborn Gets Council Seat: Former City Official Elected to Succeed Howard E. Dorsey". Los Angeles Times. September 21, 1937.
  13. ^ Hunter, Gene (November 11, 1962). "2 Vacancies to Be Filled on Council: Roybal, Burkhalter, Congress Victors, Silent on Timing CITY COUNCIL". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ a b Janet Clayton and Tracy Wilkinson, "Gilbert Lindsay, 1st L.A. Black Councilman, Dies," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1990

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