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Two New NCs carve up Sixth Street Corridor



LA has two new Neighborhood Councils, according to BONC and Alice Walton at The City Maven. They are Westlake North and Westlake South. South, which is more Westlake proper, is in Ed Reyes' District; north, which goes all the way up to First Street, straddles Reyes' and Eric Garcetti's districts.

Walton says that the NCs have been in the works since 2002--around the time when Reyes first conducted community meetings in the Westlake neighborhood to address gang violence.

The crime-beleaguered Sixth Street Corridor is split between the two districts, but mostly resident to Westlake South. The MacArthur Park edge of Sixth Street east to Burlington belongs entirely to Westlake South. Much of the crime now takes place on Sixth between Burlington and Bonnie Brae, though some of it takes place near the Park.

The Sixth Street Corridor is where in 2007 a 23-day-old baby was killed by a stray bullet meant for a street vendor who hadn't made a weekly protection payment that street vendors on Sixth owed to local gangs. The City subsequently took action, shutting down the vendors, who were back in three weeks.