Former Mayor Lee Prentiss has become the second City Council incumbent to decide not to seek another term after his four-year term expires in April.
Saying he was "following my original intent" in staying on the council for only a single term, Prentiss announced last week that he will not run in the April 12 election.
Councilman Robert Wagner also announced last week that he will not run in order to fulfill his obligations as a fund-raiser for his alma mater, Georgetown University in Washington, D. C., which will celebrate its bicentennial next year.
Prentiss, a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, was mayor for one year during his four-year term. He was also the council member most involved in planning the city's troubled new civic center. Prentiss made his announcement at the first meeting of the City Council in the new complex on Mission Street.