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California - 34th District

Incumbent -- Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The Democratic 34th takes in the heart and southeastern part of Los Angeles and has an overwhelming Hispanic majority. The district has the largest concentration of Hispanics in California and the fourth-largest in the country. Forty-five percent of the adult population does not have a high school diploma.

The economy here relies on businesses in revitalized downtown areas and in nearby light industrial centers such as Vernon and Commerce. Downtown hosts toy, jewelry and garment manufacturers and retailers. Some space downtown is being converted into mixed-use units, creating residential loft space. Many of Los Angeles' civic buildings, including city hall, the county prison and courthouses, are in the 34th. Despite redevelopment and many small businesses, crime continues to be an issue.

Although crime and unemployment rates have increased in parts of the district and Los Angeles faces budget shortfalls, brighter spots include Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of the Los Angeles Opera; the Los Angeles Convention Center; and Staples Center, home to basketball's Lakers, Clippers and Sparks, and hockey's Kings. Transportation hub Union Station and the terminus of the 20-mile Alameda Corridor rail link connecting the city to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach also are in the district.

Vernon's population explodes during the workday as people head to its manufacturing and food processing plants. Business-friendly zoning and utilities laws have long kept Vernon a haven for industry, but a potential disincorporation of the city could see it annexed by a neighbor.

The 34th averages some of California's youngest, poorest and least-educated residents and generally has low voter turnout. Even slightly more suburban and conservative Bellflower and Downey in the south supported Democrats. In 2010, Democrat Jerry Brown won 72 percent of the district's vote overall in the gubernatorial election.

Major Industry

Government, manufacturing, service, retail

Cities

Los Angeles (pt.), 202,335; Downey, 111,772; Bellflower, 76,616

notable

The first Taco Bell opened in 1962 in Downey.

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