Los Angeles City Council District 6

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Los Angeles City Council District 6 is one of the 15 districts of the Los Angeles City Council, covering much of the central and eastern San Fernando Valley. It is represented by Councilmember Nury Martinez.[1]


Present-day district

The 6th Council District includes the neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, and Arleta.

For all neighborhoods represented in the district, see the official City of Los Angeles map of District 6.

Historical locations

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.)[2] 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.

As the city expanded to the north and west, the 6th District's boundaries gradually shifted in those directions, but in 2002 the boundaries of the entire district were lifted out of West Los Angeles and transferred to the San Fernando Valley, as was the then-representative, Ruth Galanter, who protested the suddenness of the move.[2]

The earlier boundaries were as follows:

1925: At that time the district encompassed the Hyde Park and Angeles Mesa annexations and Vermont Avenue south to 62nd Street as well as a shoestring strip leading to present-day Westchester, Mines Field and the Hyperion sewage screening plant.[3][4]

1926: The Exposition Park area.[5]

1928: The boundary ". . . remains as Vermont avenue on the east. The south line runs along Manchester avenue to Van Ness avenue, then the boundary turns north to Slauson Avenue, on which it continues west to Angeles Mesa Drive and then to Exposition boulevard, where it turns east to Arlington avenue. It follows that avenue south to Vermont avenue and goes east on Vernon"[6]

1932–33: ". . . due to the exceptional growth of the western part of the city, a general movement toward the ocean was necessary." East boundary: Vermont. North: Vernon. West: La Brea Avenue. South: Century Boulevard.[7][8]

1935: Roughly the same as in 1932.[9]

1937: North: Vernon Avenue. East: Vermont Avenue. South: City limits with Inglewood. West: Overhill Avenue.[10]

1940: "The general trend is westward and northeastward, due to heavy construction in the San Fernando Valley and the beach areas." Eastern section remains the same as 1937, but to the district is added the Shoestring Strip north of Inglewood and an area as far west as Sepulveda Boulevard.[11]

1955: ". . . a big jig saw puzzle and stretching from Venice, Playa del Rey and Westchester to Leimert Park."[12]

1960: Venice was lost from the 6th District to the 11th, and Baldwin Hills was shifted to the 6th from 10th.[13]

1969: The Airport area, including Westchester and Playa del Rey, the Baldwin Hills area, including Hyde Park and Leimert Park and the Mar Vista-Venice area.[14]

1975: "From the coast inland to the Crenshaw District, and includes Venice, Ocean Park, Westchester and portions of South-Central Los Angeles.[15]

2002: Transfer to the east San Fernando Valley.[2]


The district has been represented by six men and three women, they have been:

  1. Edward E. Moore, 1925–27
  2. Lester R. Rice-Wray, 1927–29
  3. James G. McAllister, 1929–33
  4. Earl C. Gay, 1933–45
  5. L.E. Timberlake, 1945–1969
  6. Pat Russell, 1969–1987
  7. Ruth Galanter, 1987–2003
  8. Tony Cardenas, 2003–2013
  9. Nury Martinez, 2013-

See also


  1. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130723/nury-martinez-triumphs-in-la-council-district-6-special-election
  2. ^ a b c Tina Daunt and Seema Mehta, "Council Districts Drawn to Benefit Valley, Latinos," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2002
  3. ^ "Map Showing City's Council Districts," Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1925, page A-1
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1925, pages A-1 and A-2
  5. ^ "To the Citizens of Los Angeles," Los Angeles Times, February 14, 1926, page B-5 Library card required
  6. ^ "Council Areas' Lines Changed," Los Angeles Times, December 29, 1928, page A-1
  7. ^ "District Lines Approved," Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1932, page A-1
  8. ^ "City Reapportionment Measure Gets Approval," Los Angeles Times, January 19, 1933 With map of all districts.
  9. ^ "Do You Know Who Your Councilman Is?" Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1935, page 22 Includes a map.
  10. ^ "New Council Zones Defined," Los Angeles Times, January 7, 1937, page A-18
  11. ^ "Proposed New Alignment for City Voting Precincts," Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1940, page A-3 Includes a map.
  12. ^ "Council Contests in Seven Districts," Los Angeles Times, April 3, 1955, page B-1
  13. ^ "Council OKs Changes in Its Districts," Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1960, page B-1
  14. ^ Seymour Beubis and Hal Keating, "Five Seek Sixth District L.A. Council Seat in Listless Race," Los Angeles Times, November 23, 1969, page CS-1
  15. ^ Doug Shuit, "5 Council Members Coasting Through Campaigns," Los Angeles Times, March 23, 1975, page E-1
  • Note: Access to most of the Los Angeles Times links requires the use of an LAPL library card.

External links

  • Official Los Angeles City Council District 6 website
  • City of Los Angeles: Map of District 6
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