About Council District 14

About Council District 14

 

Geography

It’s impossible to imagine a thriving Los Ángeles without the historic eastside. Home to the largest Latino and immigrant population in the region, the iconic Eastside is a symbol of hope & inspiration for working class families. City Council District 14 (CD-14) has a community of growing artists, emerging young residents and is central to some of the most exciting and progressive political activism and civic engagement. 

Monica Garcia’s family has lived in Eastside for several generations. Having attended local schools, she has witnessed this cultural and political hub transition into a historic gateway for artists and cultural production from all over the world.  Growing up in the Eastside is both exciting, fun, tough and unique. 

The heart of CD-14 is in the Eastside. It encompasses key areas of Downtown LA on the west and goes into Boyle Heights, El Sereno, parts of the Northeast communities of Highland Park and Eagle Rock. The district includes the communities just South and East of Dodger Stadium, major parts of Downtown Los Angeles, Placita Olvera, Mariachi Plaza, and major streets such as Soto, Cesar Chavez, Colorado, and Huntington Drive. Largely a working class district, CD 14 is also one of the most historically diverse communities in Los Angeles.

Boyle Heights:

Boyle Heights represents a largely Latino and immigrant community and is part of the iconic Eastside of LA that previously in the 1950’s was home to a large Jewish population. Boyle Heights has many popular restaurants and features such as La Parrilla, Casa Fina, El Jato, Guisados, and La Monarca Bakery. Boyle Heights connects to downtown LA by way of historic bridges connecting the culturally rich eastside to downtown. One of these historic gateways connects via Mariachi Plaza, where mariachi musicians have gathered for decades for hire.

El Sereno:

El Sereno is also a working-class community with growing diversity. The largely Latino community has a growing artist community north of Huntington Drive and an increased number of younger and Filipino residents on the southern part which borders Boyle Heights.  El Sereno is where many Mexican families settled after the Supreme Court’s decision Shelly v. Kraemer 1948, made racially restrictive housing covenants (redlining) illegal. El Sereno is mostly identified by Huntington Drive which splits through the entire community home to popular the Mexican restaurants El Vaquero, and Hecho en México, as well as the Guatemalan restaurant Antigua Bread.

El Sereno has continued to progress and has several new attractions and activities such as hiking trails or the amphitheater at Ascot Hills Park, and our LA Derby Dolls porefessional roller derby team. Southeast of El Sereno is the campus of Cal State LA.  Nestled between El Sereno and Highland park are nearby communities of Hillside Village, University Hills, and Rose Hills.

Highland Park:

Highland Park is the community northwest of El Sereno. Highland Park is split by the 110 freeway to the east and west. Known as the first known highway in the world, the 110 freeway was built following a Native American trail. With the completion of Arroyo Seco Parkway in 1940, Highland Park became a popular suburban community for artists and working class families in the 50s. By the mid-1960s, more Latinos began to move into Highland Park creating one of the most diverse and family-friendly parts of the city.  Highland Park is rich in history with attractions like: Heritage Square Museum, which is a collection of eight structures constructed during the mid-to-late 1800s, LA Police Museum on York, and the famous Figueroa Blvd. Highland Park was named one of the top places to live by a national publication which has drawn an influx of California dreamers from across the nation and beyond.

York Avenue in Highland Park is emerging as one of the most popular destinations in the city for night-life and dining. Popular eateries in Highland Park are Maximilianos, Cafe de Leche, and El Huarache Azteca on York. Highland Park also boasts LA’s oldest bowling alley at Highland Park Bowl and the historic Highland Theaters on Figueroa. Highland Park also boasts the Arroyo Secco trail and large beautiful parks that are home to a significant wildlife population. Due to many freed domestic parrots, Highland Park also has a health parrot population, and unfortunately a large skunk population as well that give a unique night smell at times.

Eagle Rock:

North of Highland Park is Eagle Rock named after a massive boulder at the area’s northern edge which casts a bird-shaped shadow on the rock at certain times of day. Eagle Rock’s contains two major thoroughfares – Eagle Rock Blvd. and Colorado Blvd., which are home to a great, diverse selection of food like: Casa Bianca Pizza Pie, Cindy’s Restaurant, and Posto Giusto on Colorado Blvd. On Eagle Rock Blvd are fabulous places like Zweet Cafe and Max City BBQ. Eagle Rock ends at the 134 freeway in the north and at the Eagle Rock mall on the west. Notable places in Eagle Rock are All Star Lanes bowling alley, sharing of Occidental College with Highland Park, and a Friday evening farmers market. Eagle Rock also has a growing annual music festival.

Southeast of Eagle Rock and West of Highland Park is Glassell Park, another of LA’s most historic and diverse communities.  The portion of Glassell Park that is in CD14 is a primarily residential area, lacking huge commercial corridors that areas like Eagle Rock and Highland Park have. However, Glassell Park also has some of the most diverse trees and  green space in the city with a healthy and safe place for coyotes and birds.

Downtown LA:

At its Southwest corner, the district covers Downtown LA including communities like: Little Tokyo, which has the largest Japanese-American population in North America with attractions like the Japanese American National Museum and the James Irvine Japanese Garden, Fashion District, the growing Arts District, Pico Gardens, and parts of Chinatown.

Downtown LA is the top commercial area in the City of LA, bringing diverse food options like: Grand Central Market, Guisados, KazuNori, Cole’s French Dip, Bottega Louie, Daikokuya Ramen, Perch, Best Girl (Ace Hotel), and many others. Downtown also includes several leisure hotspots like: Pershing Square, LA Flower District, Grand Park, Staples Center, LA Convention Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, El Pueblo de Los Ángeles, AKA Olvera Street, which is the location of the oldest remaining structure in Los Angeles, and the Avila Adobe where you can shop at the Mexican marketplace. Downtown is also home to City Hall and the attached Grand Park.

Statistics

The district contains a huge Latino population, with many being immigrants. According to the LA County Department of Public Health, 68.2% of residents are Latino, 12.86% are White, 12.79% are Asian, 5.84% are Black. Of this population, 38% were born outside of the US and 14% have limited English proficiency. With such a large immigrant population, education achieved among the residents varies greatly. 34% of adults did not receive a high school diploma, 20% of adults only completed high School, 22% of adults attended some college, 26.4% of adults received a Bachelor’s Degree or above.

According to a report by the LA Chamber of Commerce, due to the small amount of people with college degrees, underprivileged areas struggled mightily, economically. According to a report of 2018 by the LA Chamber of Commerce, Median household income is $43,000/year, the unemployment rate is 7% (3.6% nationally) and almost 1/4 of all residents live below the Federal poverty line. Still, representing downtown Los Angeles makes District 14 an important employment center, with 7,334 firms and 200,200 jobs in the private sector. CD14 ranks first in the City for total jobs. Professional, Scientific, Technical, and Management continued to be the largest industry in District 14, with 38,300 people being employed.