LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Lawmakers voted Tuesday to re-elect Herb Wesson as the president of the Los Angeles City Council.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the 61-year-old Wesson received unanimous support from the 12 members in attendance – including his own vote.

Councilman Bernard Parks, who earlier this morning appeared at an event to promote a Fourth of July fireworks show at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, was the only member absent from Tuesday’s vote.

As five newly-seated Council members took their seats for the first time in the City Council chamber, Wesson pledged his unwavering support to his colleagues.

“When we’re blamed and criticized and ridiculed, on those days I step to the plate, put the target on my back,” said Wesson.

Mayor Eric Garcetti also had a challenge for those in City Hall: “Put L.A. back on track.”

Following the council president election and committee assignments, the City Council will go on break from July 5 to July 23, a period that will give the six new council members time to hire and assemble their staff.

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