Zerunyan discusses LA City Council president overseeing additional district

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Laist quoted Executive Education Director Frank Zerunyan about whether there is precedent for Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson to appoint himself to temporarily oversee a recently vacated district.

Frank V. Zerunyan, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Professor of the Practice of Governance, told LAist that he too couldn’t think of a precedent. Zerunyan, who in the past has served as president of California Contracts Cities Association (the second largest municipal organization in the state of California) and as a two-term mayor for the city of Rolling Hills Estates, explained that Los Angeles is actually somewhat unique in its City Council structure, because most cities just have a set number of councilmembers who represent the whole city, as opposed to individual districts correlating to separate geographic areas within the city.

“Theoretically,” he said, “there is no problem for Mr. Wesson to represent both… That being said, there is obviously a district for a reason. It’s instructive that the people of L.A. created 15 districts; therefore they feel that 15 people can’t serve all 3.9 million people [as a whole], and that they can only serve in their respective district where they were elected.”

For more of Zerunyan’s interview, read the full article here.