The Eastside falls under numerous and overlapping government jurisdictions. Many neighborhoods are included within the City of Los Angeles but East Los Angeles is part of unincorporated Los Angeles County. It can be hard to tell who is in charge. Here’s a run down of some of the government bodies and elected leaders that Eastside residents should know about:
City of Los Angeles
The City of Los Angeles is divided into 15 Council Districts, each with its own elected council member. The 15-member City Council creates city ordinances and impose taxes with the approval of the Mayor, who serves as the head of city government. When dealing with neighborhood issues and problems, most residents first turn to their City Council member . The city’s handy Neighborhood Resource feature can help you find your elected leaders by entering your address.
Council District 1
Neighborhoods: Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mount Washington
Council District 4
Neighborhoods: Los Feliz & Silver Lake
Council District 13
Neighborhoods: Atwater Village, Echo Park, East Hollywood, Elysian Heights, Elysian Valley Historic Filipinotown, Silver Lake
Council District 14
Neighborhoods: Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Hermon, Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills
Neighborhood councils are primarily advisory bodies made up of elected or appointed residents and stakeholders. The councils, which are overseen by the city’s Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, make recommendations on neighborhood issues and fund small projects. They do not have the power to create laws or enforce existing city ordinances but can help to nurture grass roots ideas and deal with micro issues and problems.
Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Represents: Hermon, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington and Sycamore Grove
Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council
Represents: Angeleno Heights, Echo Park & Elysian Heights
LA-32 Neighborhood Neighborhood Council
Represents: El Sereno, Rose Hills, University Heights
Unincorporated East Los Angeles
East Los Angeles, which includes City Terrace, is part of unincorporated Los Angeles County, which is governed by the five-member Board of Supervisors.
Represents: East Los Angeles & City Terrace