Foreclosure filings lead to questions surrounding LA city council members residency

10th District councilman Herb Wesson Jr.

10th District councilman Herb Wesson Jr.

LA Council President Herb Wesson is no different from me or you.  Occassionally he gets behind on his bills and has nasty foreclosure letters mailed to the attention of him and his spouse.  His financial woes date back since 2002, as reported on the Guss Report.  Based on the findings of his latest foreclosure findings, it leads to new questions surrounding his residency when elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2005.

The Guss Report states that Wesson has leased out his Ladera property to a Pasadena based assisted living facility providing the Wesson’s with substantial rental income.

Former mayor of the city of Hawthorne, Chris Brown, was politically ostracized, even by councilman Wesson, when the media caught wind of multiple evictions filed against him, yet no one has batted an eye, in the Black community, over Wesson’s financial mishaps.

November 8, 2005, Herb Wesson was elected in a special election to replace the disgraced Martin Ludlow.   Wesson was later elected to a full term in March 2007, receiving an unheard of 99.7% of the vote.

LA Times reporter David Zahnisier released a new article detailing Wesson’s financial woes and reported that Wesson was asked about 5 default notices and said “he bought his Mid-City home at the peak of the market in 2007, only to watch the bubble burst”.

Reports show him as only owning two homes; one in Ladera and the other in Mid-City.

This leads to a new question:  Was Herb J. Wesson a resident of Los Angeles council district 10 when first elected in 2005?


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