Maria Aguilar approached Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson to complain about what her children see as they walk to school in South Los Angeles.
"Mucho prostitucion," she said in Spanish.
A neighbor stepped in to translate her concern into English, but the councilman understood what she meant.
Harris-Dawson is an African American community activist who represents the 8th Council District, spanning from Baldwin Hills, with one of the highest concentration of black wealth in the United States, to the edge of Watts. The district is considered the heart of L.A.'s black community.
Blacks still account for two-thirds of registered...