Wesson to begin ascent at City Council

herb-wesson-bio.jpgIt has seemed like years that Herb Wesson, the former Assembly Speaker, has been poised to become president of the Los Angeles City Council. Later today, finally, current president Eric Garcetti will nominate Wesson to succeed him, according to Alice Walton at City Maven.

A vote on the motion is expected to take place next Wednesday. Garcetti will step down as president on Jan. 2, 2012.

“I believe that the time has come for me to step aside as council president as I turn to the next chapter in my work as a public servant. As a council member and as a candidate for mayor, I want to make sure there is strong council leadership in place that shares my focus on job creation, fiscal discipline, and government reform,” Garcetti said in a statement.

Councilman Ed Reyes will be nominated as council president pro tempore, a job that was held by Councilwoman Jan Perry up until two weeks ago when she resigned.

Garcetti added, "Council members Wesson and Reyes are strong and accomplished public officials who have given our city and our state decades of dedicated service. Their election to leadership positions would be an asset to our city.” Garcetti is running for mayor.

Photo: Herb Wesson website

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