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The Los Angeles City Council’s Redistricting Commission sent their card recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council but did not define any boundaries for District 2 by Paul Krekorian and District 4 by Councilor Nithya Raman.
According to the recommendations, one of the council members could end up in a district with completely new voters. Raman currently represents parts of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills, Hancock Park and Sherman Oaks, among others. Krekorian represents the East San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, including North Hollywood, Studio City, and Sun Valley.
The draft map sent to the city council would represent either Krekorian or Raman a borough spanning parts of their two boroughs – the Hollywood Hills, North Hollywood, Valley Glenn, and part of Los Feliz. The other would represent a completely new district with the areas of Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda and Lake Balboa in the west of the San Fernando Valley.
The 21-member commission finalized its recommendations on Thursday evening. Los Angeles City Council has the option to make changes to the map before the final boundaries for the 15 boroughs of the City Council go into effect on Jan. 1.
Both Raman and Krekorian have previously spoken out against the card.
“Last week the LA City Redistricting Commission tabled a proposed map that would effectively ‘erase’ our borough in its current form. It did so despite the fact that the minimal changes in LA’s population provided no basis for such drastic shifts, ”tweeted Raman, who was elected to represent this district in 2020.
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 on October 5 to warn that the commission could move his district from the eastern San Fernando Valley to the western San Fernando Valley, no longer North Hollywood, Valley Glen, Studio City, Sun Valley, and represents Valley Village, which could be relocated to Raman’s District.
“The commission should protect fair and equitable participation of Los Angeles voters in the selection of their representatives. Instead, this nefarious plan would incapacitate 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 were only held 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 origins. 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 in that email 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 expects the designated limits to be approved in time for them to take effect in January 2022.
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