09 Jun Herb J. Wesson, Jr. Reelected as President of the Los Angeles City Council, Outlines Visionary Plan to Move L.A. Forward
In a unanimous vote by his peers, Herb Wesson reelected council president, appoints Nury Martinez to history-making position and lays out robust policy agenda
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Councilmember Herb Wesson was unanimously reelected today as council president, the powerful leadership position, by a unanimous vote of his peers. Today’s vote marks the third time the Councilmember- who represents Council District 10- has been elected to the role. Wesson has held the position since 2012. He is the first African- American council president in city history.
As council president, Wesson will continue to preside over L.A. City Council meetings, set committee assignments and appoint the president pro tempore and assistant president pro tempore. He will serve as mayor in the Mayor’s absence.
“I am humbled by the faith my colleagues have put in me to quarterback the City Council in our shared goal of enacting bold public policy,” said newly reelected Council President Herb Wesson. “This is a “can-do” council and together we can do and will do big things.”
In his acceptance speech, Wesson presented a robust policy agenda. In addition to addressing everyday issues affecting Angelenos, Wesson will prioritize a citywide plan to create jobs and recruit and retain businesses, identify new permanent revenue streams for financing city services including pothole filling, sidewalk repair and tree trimming, and devote more resources to finding workable solutions for addressing homelessness. Additionally, the Council President will place an emphasis on combating the statewide drought ensuring local residents conserve and recycle water wherever possible and receive the city’s fair share of water resources.
Wesson, in his first official act as council president, appointed Councilmember Nury Martinez, the only woman currently holding elected office in the City of Los Angeles, as Assistant President Pro Tempore making her the first Latina in city history to hold the position. Wesson reappointed Councilmember Mitchell Englander as President Pro Tempore. Englander and Martinez will share parliamentary duties and responsibilities in Wesson’s absence. “We have too few women serving in local elected office and it is my intention to elevate female leaders like Councilmember Martinez into leadership roles,” Wesson added.