LA City Council committee will take up dozens of proposals for changing proposed redistricting map – Daily News
The Los Angeles City Council’s ad hoc committee on redistricting on Friday, Nov. 5, is set to begin taking up dozens of suggestions for tweaking or entirely revamping a proposed map of the city’s council district boundaries, in turn setting the stage for how much of a political voice Angelenos will have over potentially the next 10 years.
Nearly 40 motions were introduced earlier this week, with suggested changes ranging from shuffling communities in the west San Fernando Valley from one district to another to adjust the proposed map, to proposals for entirely new maps.
The council’s chief legislative analysts are expected to present a report about the recommended map at the ad hoc meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5. The L.A. Unified School District Redistricting Commission’s proposed map also will be considered at the same meeting.
The mapping decisions made by the City Council on what the districts will look like have implications for how much say each Angeleno can have on important issues such as housing, homelessness, the environment, transportation, law enforcement and city services.
The City Council Redistricting Commission’s report can be found here. The process can also be followed via the City Council’s file management system, where public comment, motions and reports are posted under file number 20-0668-S7. The LAUSD redistricting file is under number 20-0668-S6.
Council President Nury Martinez, who has criticized the commission’s proposed map, put out motions that sketch out at least two configurations for possible alternates to the redistricting commission’s proposal:
–A “minimum change” map that “revises the boundaries to balance for population changes reported in the 2020 U.S. Census to remain within 10% deviation and compliance with the Voting Rights Act.”
–A map that combines the redistricting commission’s proposals for districts 8, 9, 10, 11 and 15 in the Los Angeles Basin, with the configurations of the Valley-based districts of 2, 6, 7 and 12 presented by a map prepared by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement that had been barred from being admitted into the redistricting commission process. This map would include options for the remaining districts, which are the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 13th and 14th.
Martinez is chair of the ad hoc redistricting committee and represents the 6th district, which was among those that had been changed, with such assets as the Van Nuys Airport and the Sepulveda Basin carved out of it.
The Labor Council map (pictured below) stirred up some dust during the redistricting commission hearings, with some commissioners wishing to view it, while others working to bar it from being shown. The map was said to have been emailed to some or all of the commission members.
When the map was discussed at one of the hearings, commission staffers released the map to a reporter when she asked for it, but it ultimately was not among the official maps considered by the commission.
The Labor Council’s website describes itself as a “grassroots organization directed by Latino labor leaders who use unionization as a vehicle to secure rights and job protections.”
As chair of the ad hoc committee, Martinez will be joined by six other members: Mitch O’Farrell (13th district), Paul Koretz (5th district), Curren Price (9th district), Bob Blumenfield (3rd), Nithya Raman (4th district) and Kevin De Leon (14th district).
The ad hoc committee is tentatively scheduled to present its recommendations to the full council by Nov. 9, with hearings on Nov. 10 and 23. The ordinance to adopt the map is then tentatively set to be considered on the Dec. 1.
The Council President has submitted *tentative* dates for redistricting hearings re: the City Council and LAUSD maps. pic.twitter.com/Rwyt4cBb28
— Unrig LA (@UnrigLA) November 4, 2021
Other motions that could be considered could potentially reconfigure some West San Fernando Valley lines that were met with intense opposition from neighborhood councils in the area who argued that the new lines dumped poor neighborhoods into a new district and drew one that was primarily white and more affluent.
Some neighborhood groups in the West Valley were supportive of the map, including the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, which touted it as achieving fair representation for the Valley.
Some have complained that two of the seven districts that touch the Valley are mostly in the L.A. basin, and only nominally includes the Valley through the inclusion of Encino and Sherman Oaks. Residents in those two communities were joined with communities in other parts of the city, located across and over the Santa Monica Mountains.
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