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The Next Twelve Years?

July 27, 2013
The post-election pile.

The post-election pile.

The results have been certified. The people have spoken. Another member from the California Legislature has been sworn into the Los Angeles City Council. 10,152 residents of Council District 1 voted for Gil Cedillo and 9,389 voted for Jose Gardea, giving Cedillo a victory by 763 votes. For all intents and purposes this could mean the next twelve years will likely be spent with Gil Cedillo as Councilmember for CD1 until he is forced-out by law after three terms.

Now our City Council with the most lucrative salary of any municipality in the United States ($178,790 annually) is nearly half-filled with professional politicians who were forced-out of the state legislature by term limits, with more certainly on their way in the coming years. This unintended consequence of term limits is explored by David Zahniser in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. The fear is that a council filled with old-pros instead a diverse pool of local faces could hinder the democratic process. That a Council obedient to the charming yet iron fist of former Assembly speaker, now Council President, Herb Wesson will not serve the people who elected them. This growing lack of diversity in City Council could be found on July 3rd when a council comprised ENTIRELY of men came to order in Council Chambers. (First time since 1969.)

Gil Cedillo at the City Inauguration.

Gil Cedillo at the City Inauguration.

The good news is that Gil Cedillo is a capable leader with many political friends in labor and in the California Democratic Party. How will that will be applied to Council District 1 is unknown. What is known is that Highland Park will be getting more attention by mere proximity with the addition of his district office on the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 56. So that’s a plus. Maybe he will be successful in fulfilling Reyes’ promise to make the long-vacant Security Pacific Building across the avenue into a Northeast Los Angeles City Hall. There is a lot for Cedillo to learn about local issues, luckily for him, an opportunity to educate our new councilman will take place this Tuesday, July 30th from 7pm to 8pm at Ramona Hall (4580 N. Figueroa St) Mt. Washington Elementary School (3981 San Rafael Ave). We will have just an hour to express our concerns for CD 1 at what he is calling “Mt. Washington Town Hall.” See Patch for more.

Now if we can just get Gil to understand and respect what Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZ) and Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument (LAHCM) status means…

The 1923 Highland Hall with historic windows.

The Highland Park Masonic Temple Building  with historic windows from 1923.

The Highland Hall with historic 1923 widows removed for Cedillo's new district office.

The Highland Park Masonic Temple Building with historic 1923 widows removed for Cedillo’s new district field office.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2013 9:16 am

    The Tuesday July 30th 7pm Cedillo “Listening Tour” Mt. Washington stop has been relocated to Mt. Washington Elementary School, 3981 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

  2. August 21, 2013 11:27 pm

    they ruined that building by taking those windows out. I can’t believe the owner did that, he is also responsible for that. So ugly

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