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Los Angeles City Council District 2

Los Angeles City Council District 2 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council. The 2nd District began its existence in the Hollywood area but now covers much of the far eastern and southeastern portions of the San Fernando Valley and parts of the Crescenta Valley. The current representative is Paul Krekorian.

Geography

Modern

Los Angeles' Second Council District stretches from the hills of Studio City to the edge of Verdugo Mountains Park in Sun Valley. It includes the communities of North Hollywood, Studio City, Sun Valley, Valley Village, Van Nuys and Valley Glen.

See the Map of District 2—official boundaries.

Historic

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.)[1] 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 2nd District have been as follows:

1925. Hollywood south of Franklin Avenue or Hollywood Boulevard and north of Santa Monica Boulevard, and the Los Feliz district.[2][3] It was described later the same year as simply "Hollywood."[4]

1926. Hollywood, with district headquarters at 2495 Glendower Avenue.[5][6]

1928. East boundary: Vermont Avenue. South boundary: Melrose Avenue to Seward Street, Fountain Avenue, north of Beverly Hills. West boundary: Beverly Glen[7]

1932–33. Hollywood west of Vermont, north of Melrose and west to Beverly Hills.[8][9]

1935. Same as in 1932.[10]

1937. "Bounded on the north by the Hollywood Hills, south by Melrose Avenue, east by the 1st Councilmanic District and west by Beverly Glen Boulevard."[11]

1940. "The general trend is westward and northeastward, due to heavy construction in the San Fernando Valley and the beach areas." Essentially the same as before, but with the district extended northeast to include Griffith Park.[12]

1944. Enlarged to include Riverside Drive and Studio City.[13]

1955. Hollywood and a "sizable portion" of the San Fernando Valley, generally west of Ventura Boulevard and extending north to Encino.[14]

1960.The 2nd District was divested of its Hollywood area, which was instead attached to the 13th District.[15] Its boundaries moved north and west, taking over Encino and parts of Van Nuys and North Hollywood.[16]

1975. No longer representing Hollywood, the district now takes in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, the Los Feliz district and Atwater.[17]

1979. "A mixture of wealth and earthier life-styles that reaches from the San Diego Freeway through the Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park and beyond. Communities as scattered as Atwater, North Hollywood and Los Feliz are included in it, as well as the more affluent part of Studio City and the Hollywood Hills."[18]

1982. "The district straddles the Santa Monica Mountains east of the San Diego Freeway, taking in Sherman Oaks, Studio City, North Hollywood and the canyons north of Beverly Hills between Beverly Drive and Laurel Canyon Boulevard. New to the district are Atwater, Glassell Park, Highland Park and Mount Washington. Removed from the district were Benedict Canyon, Los Feliz and Hollywood."[19]

1986. After the death of Councilman Howard Finn in 1986, his 1st District was moved to near Downtown to provide for election of a Hispanic, and Districts 2 and 7 took over his old area. The 2nd was thereafter a totally San Fernando Valley district, extending from Studio City on the south, through Van Nuys to Sunland-Tujunga.[20]

2001. Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills and La Tuna Canyon, and parts of Sun Valley, North Hollywood, Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Panorama City, Mission Hills, North Hills, Valley Village, Studio City and Van Nuys.[21]

2012. As a result of redistricting, the district boundaries shifted south. Effective July 1, 2012, it no longer includes Sunland-Tujunga, La Tuna Canyon, Lakeview Terrace, Shadow Hills and Sherman Oaks. Instead, it picked up nearly all of North Hollywood, Studio City and Valley Village, in addition to the NoHo Arts District, and portions of the historic Campo de Cahuenga and the Universal City Metro station. [22]

The district has been represented by eleven men and one woman. They are:

  1. Robert M. Allan, 1925–27
  2. Arthur Alber, 1927–29
  3. Thomas F. Cooke, 1929–31
  4. James M. Hyde, 1931–39
  5. Norris J. Nelson, 1939–43
  6. Lloyd G. Davies, 1943–51
  7. Earle D. Baker, 1951–59
  8. C. Lemoine Blanchard, 1959–63
  9. James B. Potter, Jr., 1963–71
  10. Joel Wachs, 1971–2001
  11. Wendy Greuel, 2002–2009
  12. Paul Krekorian, 2009–

See also

  • List of Los Angeles municipal election returns
  • Sunland-Tujunga, for how the 2nd District was extended to the Northeast Valley

References

Access to the Los Angeles Times links requires the use of a library card.

External links

  • website


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