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California - 33rd District

Incumbent -- Diane Watson (D) ; Will retire at end of current term (announced Feb. 10, 2010)

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

Updated Oct. 14, 2010

In one of the most Democratic districts in the country, former state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D) will win in November and likely represent central Los Angeles in Congress for many years.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 33rd is a Democratic, ethnically diverse district that begins a mile inland from Venice Beach, runs east through Culver City and ends up in South Los Angeles. The northern part of the district includes a section of Wilshire Boulevard from the "Miracle Mile" district to Koreatown and hooks north and east through Hollywood.

Blacks, Hispanics and Asians account for most of the population, but the district has no single racial majority. The 33rd has a solid middle class, as well as some sharply contrasting areas such as wealthy Hancock Park and the city's poor South Los Angeles neighborhood.

The largest business sector is the service industry, with health care also providing many jobs. The University of Southern California is in the 33rd's portion of Los Angeles. Although the district is no longer the film production hub it used to be, it is home to the real Tinseltown -- Hollywood -- and entertainment continues to be a factor in its economy. Sony Pictures Studios (formerly MGM Studios) makes its home in Culver City, and the Kodak Theater is the site of the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

For recreation, residents and tourists flock to Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and the California Science Center, the park boasts the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Democrats have an overwhelming advantage here. Jerry Brown took 83 percent of the district's 2010 gubernatorial vote, his second-highest percentage in the state.

Major Industry

Service, entertainment, health care

Cities

Los Angeles (pt.), 580,666; Culver City, 38,883

Notable

Howard Hughes built his infamous wooden plane, the "Spruce Goose," in Culver City.

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