The Los Angeles City Council’s Redistricting Commission will hold its first of four meetings on Wednesday evening to present its draft map for new district boundaries to the public.
The map design defines the boundaries for 13 districts and omits details from District 2 by Councilor Paul Krekorian and District 4 by Councilor Nithya Raman. The boundaries for these two districts have yet to be determined, and one of the councilors could be in a district with entirely new constituents.
“Last week, the LA City Redistricting Commission tabled a proposed map effectively” erasing “our district in its current form, which was elected for that district in 2020, tweeted Tuesday.
She told voters that she could either lose all but 29% of her current voters, or she could lose all of them.
Krekorian emailed voters ahead of the commission’s vote to move the card forward to warn that his district could be relocated from the eastern San Fernando Valley and relocated to the western San Fernando Valley, no longer North Hollywood , Valley Glen and Studio City, Sun Valley and Valley Village, which could be relocated to Raman’s District.
“The commission should protect fair and equitable participation of Los Angeles voters in the election of their representatives. Instead, this nefarious plan would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters in the Valley who have no say in who represents them on the council. It would completely undo the results of the elections that took place just last year, ”Krekorian, who was elected in 2020, said in a statement to City News Service on Tuesday.
“It would disempower voters of Armenian, Korean and other ethnic backgrounds. And it would silence the public by limiting comments to only one possible set of cards – in direct contradiction to the Commission’s own outreach plan.”
Krekorian added that he was “confident” that the city council would reject the proposed card. The council’s Redistricting Commission uses US census data to update the city’s counties, with each council member representing approximately 26,000 people. The city council will approve the designated limits in good time so that they can come into effect in January 2022.
The redistribution commission will present its draft card to the public in four meetings over the next two weeks. The meetings are scheduled on:
- Wednesday 6pm;
- 10 a.m. Saturday;
- 6 p.m. Oct. 13; and
- 10 a.m. Oct. 16
This is where people can watch the meetings and make public comments. People can also make public comments by calling 1-669-254-5252 and entering 161 545 4787. Feedback can also be written using a form here.