Herb Wesson

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Herb Wesson
President of the Los Angeles City Council
Assumed office
January 12, 2012
MayorAntonio Villaraigosa
Eric Garcetti
Preceded byEric Garcetti
Member of the Los Angeles City Council from the 10th district
Assumed office
July 1, 2005
Preceded byMartin Ludlow
65th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
February 6, 2002 – February 9, 2004
GovernorGray Davis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Preceded byRobert Hertzberg
Succeeded byFabian Núñez
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 47th district
In office
Preceded byKevin Murray
Succeeded byKaren Bass
Personal details
Born (1951-11-11) November 11, 1951 (age 67)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Alma materLincoln University

Herb J. Wesson Jr. (born November 11, 1951) is an American politician who is the President of the Los Angeles City Council. He is the council member representing the City of Los Angeles' 10th Council District. Wesson was Speaker of the California State Assembly.

Early life and career[edit]

Wesson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 11, 1951, he has one younger brother.

He received his undergraduate degree in history from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) in 1999, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Before his term in the California State Assembly, Wesson was the chief of staff of former Los Angeles City Council Member Nate Holden and in the same position for former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke. After being termed out of the Assembly, he became a senior adviser and special assistant to Burke, he is a member of the Democratic Party.

State assembly[edit]

Wesson served in the California State Assembly, representing the 47th district from 1998 until 2004, he was unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly in 2002 and served in the role until 2004.[1] He was the second African-American to be elected Speaker of the California Assembly, his legislative agenda focused on education, environmental protection and healthcare.[2]

City council[edit]

On November 8, 2005, Wesson was elected with almost 80% of the vote to represent the 10th Council District in the Los Angeles City Council, in a special election to fill the vacancy created when Martin Ludlow resigned;[3] the 10th Council District is located in central and South Los Angeles, and includes the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, West Adams, Jefferson Park, Wilshire Center, South Robertson, Arlington Heights, Leimert Park, Faircrest Heights, Gramercy Park and parts of Baldwin Hills.[4]

Wesson won a full term in March 2007 with 99.7% of the vote.[5] He was reelected in 2011 and again in 2015.[6]

Economic development[edit]

On June 3, 2015 Wesson led the City Council to pass an ordinance that would raise L.A.'s minimum wage to $15 by 2020.[7]

In July 2015 he created a committee that would address how Los Angeles could be more business-friendly.[8]

Some of the developments in the 10th Council District during Wesson's term have been Midtown Crossing,[9] Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Medical Offices,[10] and Cumulus.[11]

Race relations[edit]

On October 20, 2016 Wesson announced the creation of embRACE L.A., a program to engage Angelenos in a conversation on race, ethnicity and diversity.[12] He partnered with Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell to create the program. On April 25, 2017 Wesson invited over 20 members of the community to dinner at his home to discuss embRACE L.A. and race in Los Angeles.[13]

Wesson announces the final approval of L.A.'s 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid.

Olympic bid[edit]

Wesson chaired the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics. On January 25, 2017 he voted in favor of final approval of L.A.'s Host City Bid.[14] Following the news that L.A. would bid on the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wesson and the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the new proposal.[15] On September 13, 2017, Los Angeles was officially named as the host of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[16]


On December 19, 2016, the City Council created a $10 million fund to provide legal assistance for Los Angeles residents facing deportation [17]

On January 20, 2017, Wesson was part of the City Council action that approved the hiring of an "immigrant advocate".[18] On April 20, 2017 Peter Schey was appointed to the position.[19]

Wesson provides L.A. families computers at an OurCycle L.A. event.

In April 2017, Wesson welcomed a delegation of governors from Mexico to discuss the relationship between Los Angeles and Mexican states, he concluded the dialogue by making each member of the delegation an honorary citizen in the City of Los Angeles.[20]

Community initiatives[edit]

Camp Wesson[edit]

Wesson with campers at Camp Wesson

Every year Wesson, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks treats approximately 150 children from disadvantaged communities to a camping trip at Hansen Dam.[21]

Movies in the park[edit]

Each summer Wesson hosts several screenings in the 10th Council District of various family-friendly flicks.[22] Dubbed "Movies in the Park", the series provides a fun and safe environment for all ages. In addition to the movie screenings, Wesson provides all attendees with a meal, drink, popcorn, candy and a raffle drawing; each year, the series sees thousands of attendees across the four film screenings.

Winter Wonderland[edit]

[23] Wesson's Winter Wonderland includes a tobogganing course made from real snow, holiday themed arts and crafts, lunch and an appearance from Santa Claus. Wesson also gives toys to all attendees and raffles off larger prizes such as bicycles. In December 2015 Wesson gave computers to 350 families.[24]


  1. ^ "Herb Wesson Jr. – Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  2. ^ "Past Members | Legislative Black Caucus". blackcaucus.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns – Los Angeles City Council District 10 Race – Nov 08, 2005". Ourcampaigns.com.
  4. ^ "Map of Council District 10" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns – Los Angeles City Council – District 10 Race – Mar 06, 2007". Ourcampaigns.com.
  6. ^ Zahniser, David; Saillant, Catherine (2015-03-04). "L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson comes out on top". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  7. ^ Reyes, Emily Alpert; Zahniser, David (2015-06-03). "Los Angeles City Council approves landmark minimum wage increase". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  8. ^ "How LA leaders plan to make the city more business-friendly". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  9. ^ Zahniser, David (2010-05-29). "L.A. City Council OKs $19.3-million loan for Midtown Crossing mall". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  10. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Announces Construction of New Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Medical Facility – Los Angeles Sentinel". Los Angeles Sentinel. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  11. ^ "Welcoming Councilmember Herb Wesson | The Valley Economic Alliance". www.thevalley.net. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  12. ^ "How embRACE LA plans to have an 'uncomfortable conversation' about diversity". Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  13. ^ "Council President Wesson's leadership brings community together – Los Angeles Sentinel". Los Angeles Sentinel. 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  14. ^ Wharton, David (2017-01-25). "City Council unanimous in final approval for L.A. to host 2024 Olympics". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  15. ^ "LA 2028: City Council gives green light to bring games to LA". ABC7 Los Angeles. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  16. ^ Wharton, David (2017-09-13). "L.A. officially awarded 2028 Olympic Games". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-09-22.
  17. ^ Smith, Dakota; Carcamo, Cindy (2016-12-19). "Responding to Trump, L.A. proposes $10-million legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  18. ^ Smith, Dakota (2017-01-20). "L.A. City Council approves hiring an 'immigrant advocate' at City Hall". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  19. ^ "L.A. City Council appoints immigrant advocate – Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press". Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  20. ^ "Trump deportation plans 'deeply' concerning to LA Council? 'Immigrant Advocate' – MyNewsLA.com". MyNewsLA.com. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  21. ^ "WESSON'S CAMP FOR AT-RISK KIDS A GREAT ADVENTURE – Los Angeles Sentinel". Los Angeles Sentinel. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  22. ^ "WESSON ANNOUNCES FREE SUMMER "MOVIES IN THE PARK" – Los Angeles Sentinel". Los Angeles Sentinel. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  23. ^ Community Initiatives|website=herbwesson.com|language=en-US|access-date=2017-06-13
  24. ^ "Wesson Provides 350 Deserving Families with Computers this Holiday Season – Los Angeles Sentinel". Los Angeles Sentinel. 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2017-06-13.

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