Los Angeles, County–Heather Hutt’s appointment as an interim replacement for Herb Wesson and Mark Ridley-Thomas in District 10 has been stalled, after five members of the council voted against her nomination today.
Instead, they want her consideration to be referred to the Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee for further discussion. In addition, there has been a request for the city attorney to publicize a report on eligibility requirements for potential appointments to fill the temporary vacancy (Spectrum News).
Bob Blumenfield, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mike Bonin, Nithya Raman and Monica Rodriguez were among the councilmembers to vote against Hutt’s nomination.
Dawson relayed his concerns that Ridley-Thomas could be acquitted, and would legally be allowed to return to the council. Rodriguez brought up the fact if Hutt’s appointment did not go through the proper process, the council could find themselves in similar legal trouble as with former Councilam Herb Wesson.
The Southern Leadership Conference of Southern California filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Herb Wesson’s appointment as an interim for Mark Ridley Thomas, saying Wesson is termed out.
Councilman Ridley-Thomas was suspended last October, following his federal indictment on corruption charges with a Dean of USC’s School of Social Work.
Wesson represented the 10th district from 2005-2020, serving as L.A City Council President from 2012-2020.
Hutt formerly served as the first Black State Director in California under Sen. Kamala Harris. She was born in the 10th District and currently resides in Baldwin Vista. She also served as District Director for former state Sen. Isadore Hall.
Hut would have been the first woman to represent the 10th District and the third Black councilwoman in L.A’s history.