The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission was supposed to adjust the boundaries of the Council districts to reflect changes in population as reported in the 2020 U.S. Census, while giving due consideration to other factors, such as geographical boundaries and communities of interest. Sadly, the integrity of the process has been compromised by backroom deal-making and has produced a plan that disenfranchises thousands of voters by depriving them of the representation they voted for.
The Commission’s current plan (K2.5) calls for removing either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Nithya Raman from districts that elected them less than a year ago. One of them would be required to serve a district in the West Valley, far from the constituents who elected them.
At their last meeting, the Commission would not even agree to hear public comment on a proposed alternative. But there’s still time for the Commission to reconsider. If you object to this abuse of the redistricting process, let the Commission hear from you by phone or Zoom in the remaining public meetings (see schedule and contact information below) and write to the Commissioners — all of them (see addresses below) — and let them know how you feel about having your votes invalidated and your choice overruled.
Because both Councilmembers were elected so recently, their terms will not expire until 2024, but the West Valley communities they may be asked to serve haven't voted for City Council since 2017. If Krekorian or Raman is transferred there, these neighborhoods will go seven years without a chance to vote for their own representative. This is outrageous.
If this plan is not amended to ensure that the people of Los Angeles have a fair opportunity to elect Councilmembers of their own choosing, the public will demand to know whose political interests some of these commissioners are actually serving.
Public Meetings of Redistricting Commission:
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, October 13, 021, 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 PM: Adoption of Final Map
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:00 PM: Adoption of Final Report
Meeting ID No.: 161 545 4787
Or call 1-669-254-5252 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)
Use Meeting ID No. 161 545 4787.
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Email Addresses for All Commissioners:
The redesigned District 2-OR-4 — winding from Shadow Hills to Silver Lake — could be represented by either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Raman under the new plan.
Either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Raman could be reassigned to this new District 4-OR-2 in the West Valley — stretching from the western half of Van Nays to Canoga Park, completely removed from the districts where they were elected.