The first black woman to oversee programs and projects affecting the residents of the 10th Ward
Council President Nuri Martinez officially appointed Heather Hutt as Warden of Council District 10 on July 20. Martinez made the appointment following a temporary restraining order issued by Superior Court Judge Mary Stroble on July 19 that temporarily prevents Council Member Herb Wesson from serving as District Representative.
In a letter informing Hutt of the new title, Martinez wrote, “In accordance with past practices for considering temporary vacancies on the City Council, I am designating you as caretaker of the Tenth Council District pending the election of a Council member to fill the vacancy place, or should mr. [Mark] Ridley-Thomas to be reinstated.”
The council president emphasized that her actions were “intended to assure the residents of the Tenth Soviet District that they will not be left without a person to turn to until they are again directly represented by a member of the Council.”
Hutt, who currently serves as chief of staff, also lives in the 10th District and is intimately familiar with constituents’ issues and concerns. As a longtime community advocate, she has also developed strong relationships with civic leaders, business owners and other elected officials at the local, state and federal levels.
She previously served as state director for then-Senator Kamala Harris – the first black person in that position in California history – and as district director for former state Sen. Isador Hall. Both positions allowed Hutt to build coalitions and work closely with diverse groups in support of civil rights, economic justice, and social justice for all people.
Community members supported Hutt’s election, especially in light of the fact that she is a qualified black woman leading a district that has traditionally been represented by an African-American for more than 60 years.
“Heather Hutt will be an excellent interim caretaker for the residents of CD 10. She is a seasoned professional in public and political affairs, business and member services. Her experience and leadership skills are outstanding,” said Valerie Lynn Shaw, Leimert Park resident and former City of Los Angeles. Commissioner.
CD 10 resident and longtime civic leader Jacqueline Dupont-Walker added, “Thank you, Heather Hutt, for stepping up and standing up for your neighbors. Given that more than 250,000 residents do not have a vote on the Los Angeles City Council, it is critical to have a gatekeeper who is a resident or business stakeholder, knowledgeable about heritage and history, experienced in public administration/management and knows the vision held for a long time and up to the 10th Ward,” she said. “However, even with this solid foundation, there is no substitute for a voice and a vote in the ‘horseshoe’ – It is our right!”
Los Angeles City Council’s lack of a voting member continues to be a vexing issue for many voters in CD 10, according to Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel, whose office is in the area.
“Of course we are all delighted with Heather’s appointment because she knows the area and as a resident is very invested in its future. But we can’t lose sight of our ultimate goal, which is to have a voting representative on the City Council,” Bakewell said. “The people of the 10th Ward will not be satisfied until this goal is achieved.”
In the role of Caretaker, Hutt will be responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operations of CD 10 City Hall and field offices. Her duties will include overseeing responses to constituent inquiries and requests, managing budgetary matters affecting the district and directing administrative staff and assignments.
If Hutt encounters “unusual problems or something that requires special action to resolve,” Martinez’s letter instructs Hutt to discuss potential solutions and get the council president’s approval before taking final action.
District Council 10’s office released the following statement in response to Strobel’s action: “While we are disappointed by Tuesday’s decision, we are proud of the work we have done under the leadership of Council Member Wesson. From the vote on this year’s budget, which includes expanding homeless services and providing a dedicated tree trimming team for our district, to the opening of the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex, this team has continued to push this district forward in our fight for urban justice Los Angeles.
“The CD10 team will continue to serve the people of the 10th Ward. Please continue to contact our district and mayoral offices with your constituent requests.”
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