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LA City Council honors Jan Perry with fanfare

Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry

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L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry is leaving office after 12 years. Following her failed mayoral bid, it's unclear what she'll do next.

After 12 years in office, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry was celebrated by her colleagues Tuesday in a ceremony that included a vote to name a beloved South L.A. project in her honor. 

Perry is termed out of her Ninth District seat. She will be replaced on July 1 by state Sen. Curren Price. 

"We have enjoyed unprecedented growth and job creation and new schools, improved parks, new wetlands and thousands of units of affordable housing," Perry said of her district, which stretched from downtown to Skid Row to Little Toyko and down to South L.A. before redistricting. 

On a 13-0 vote, the city council voted to name the South Los Angeles wetlands in Perry's honor. Using $26 million in Proposition O funds, Perry was able to turn an old MTA bus yard into a nine-acre park. 

The celebration of Perry kicked off with a performance by the USC marching band. A video of her accomplishments, with testimonials from downtown developers and nonprofit leaders, was also shown to a packed Chamber. 

Perry ran for mayor in the 2013 primary. She placed fourth, and went on to endorse Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti's campaign. It's unclear what she will do once she leaves City Hall. 

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