City Council Doesn't Know Their Own Neighborhoods
Los Angeles has over 180 official neighborhoods. These are those communities designated with the city sealed blue sign. However, if you tried to figure out your neighborhood and its official boundary, there's a good chance you are going to come upon a) conflicting information b) no information, or c) confusing information. Trust us, we know. We've been digging into official Los Angeles city neighborhoods with our Neighborhood Project and have yet to come upon an official source that can answer the simple question of "where do we live?"
It would only make sense that our elected City Councilmembers know, right? After all, the fifteen of them represent, in some way or fashion, all of the official neighborhoods that that they and previous City Councils proposed and approved.
In late October, we asked every Councilmember to provide a list of the official neighborhoods in their district and a map that could easily identify them. Simple enough, right?
Nine of the fifteen Councilmembers and their staff did not respond. Most surprising of those nine was Eric Garcetti, who himself is a Los Angeles history aficionado. The other eight include Ed Reyes, Jack Weiss, Richard Alarcon, Bernard Parks, Herb Wesson, Bill Rosendahl, Jose Huizar and Janice Hahn. This question must lead to top secret information, or it that something that should be so simple is really not at all.