The Los Angeles Restructuring Commission moved forward with a draft map on Sep0 September that would reshape several of the city’s 15 districts.
Cities redesign their districts every 10 years, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Commission Board consists of persons appointed by the members of the City Council. In Los Angeles, each of the 15 districts must have approximately 260,000 people, which means that densely populated areas such as the San Fernando Valley and Corriatown districts could be relocated to the district.
The commission board received the census data much later than usual in August due to the complexity of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic. The commission must submit the map to the city council by October 2, and the new district map will take effect by January 1, 2022.
Under the temporarily approved K2 map, areas around Council Member Nitya Raman’s District 4 and Council Member Paul Krakrian’s District 2 will be relocated to another district. The district that currently covers Hollywood Hills, Sherman Oaks and Central Los Angeles will exclude Central Los Angeles and add Encino and Studio City under K2 Map, while the current district of Crackerian will join Winetka, Canoga Park and Lake Balboa to the west.
Earlier this week, commission chairman Fred Ali said the proposed new Hollywood Hills district would still be designated as part of Raman’s District 4 and the West Valley District as part of Crackerian District 2. The decision should be left to the council.
Two councilors opposed the K2 map, arguing that the new design would be unsuitable for their current electorate who voted in their office; Both Raman and Krekorian have three years left in their respective posts.
During the meeting, two members of the commission, appointed by Raman and Krakerian, advocated for an alternative map that would consolidate the area around them and leave Koryatown in District 4.
Other residents called in support of the K2 draft map, arguing that it served the interests of their respective communities.
Lionel Marez, a Sun Valley resident, said he supported the K2 plan because “I believe as a predominantly Latin and Spanish-speaking neighborhood, we deserve as much attention and political representation.”
“I’ve been publicly engaged with the City Council for the past year and a half, and I think we’re largely ignoring the city of LA,” Marez said. “A lot of people forget that Valley is part of LA and I believe we need to be unified and strong … because a lot of elements don’t comment in public like I do.”
Jennifer DeVore of Hancock Park said she supported plans to rebuild K2 in her larger Wilshire neighborhood and said her neighborhood would be part of District “J” in the K2 plan.
“We are a community of shared interests, this map is kept by our neighborhood council, [Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, whole. And the proposed plan K, District J shared significant community interests, including parks, historic neighborhoods, and historic sites. Orthodox Jewish institutions and schools, with the neighborhoods to our west,” DeVore said at the commission meeting.
The commission’s selected plan will now be subject to several public hearings on Oct. 13 and Oct. 16, where more residents will comment on the drafted maps.
Councilmember Paul Krekorian, as well as the L.A. Redistricting Commission, did not respond to a request for comment by press deadline.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times