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The LAUSD Redistricting Commission met Feb. 23 to vote on a map to send on to the City Council for new school board district lines. There has been concern about public input and vetting of the final maps.
L.A. Unified board member Bennett Kayser sent out a joyous statement today about the amendments made to the redistricting map before its approval by the City Council vote at a morning meeting.
"It's done. It's done!" Kayser said. "The LAUSD redistricting process has been very difficult for the communities I represent...and for me personally. After all the drama and trauma, the 'new' LAUSD board district 5 is basically the district I ran for and won just nine months ago. All I can say is, it's great to be back and I am thrilled for the chance to continue serving the very people who have placed their trust in me."
Councilmember Tom LaBonge submitted a map amendment to the Redistricting Commission's proposed map after concern about separating Marshall High School from its neighborhoods, which helped lead to the amendments, according to the statement.
A version of an LAUSD redistricted map.
Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved amended maps today for the Los Angeles Unified School District today.
The council voted 9-2 in favor of the new maps, with Council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry voting against the redistricted map. Parks expressed concern that the L.A. Unified Redistricting Commission’s final map had not been properly reviewed by the public prior to its adoption.
There has been a continuous current of criticism throughout the once-in-a-decade process about the lack of public involvement and notice.
A final council vote on the maps is set for June.
To read more on today's vote check out KPCC's full story.
For more background on the process see KPCC's previous reporting on the L.A. Unified redistricting process.
Detail of new LAUSD map
The 15-member volunteer commissioners approved the final report for the recommended map at what was their last meeting as a commission, with a 12 to 3 vote. Commissioners Mark Lewis, Jimmie Woods Gray and Dermot Givens voted no.
All three no-voting commissioners have expressed unease at the process under which the Redistricting Commission came to the final map. Woods Gray has said she was concerned about inadequate public outreach and involvement, and also the fact that the selected map does not accurately reflect the commission's work.
The recommended map was drawn by city-contracted technical director Paul Mitchell, who took input from the public and commissioners to revise a draft map submitted by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.
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People at one public Redistricting Commission meeting at Hamilton High School over the last weeks look at proposed maps.
The LAUSD Redistricting Commission has posted the recommended 2012 plan for new school board boundaries online hours before its last meeting. The map was approved by a 14-1 commission vote last Thursday.
Check it out and weigh in at tonight's public meeting at 6 p.m. at LAUSD Headquarters Downtown. The commission will vote on their final report and, if approved, will forward the report and map to the L.A. City Council March 1.
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The LAUSD Redistricting Commission met Feb. 23 to vote on a map to send on to the City Council for new school board district lines.
LAUSD's Redistricting Commission will hold its last special meeting tonight to vote on its final report on new school board boundaries.
The final recommended map was overwhelmingly approved by a 14-1 vote last Thursday, but as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday it was still not posted on the city's website for the public. The public will have another chance to weigh in on the redistricting process at tonight's meeting.
If the 15-volunteer commission approves the final report, it will be sent onward along with the map, to L.A. City Council March 1. The council will have through July 1 to come up with final school board boundaries.
Redistricting must happen at least once every 10 years to account for shifts in population; the data is drawn off the U.S. Census.
Tonight's meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at LAUSD Headquarters Downtown.