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Up with people: LA population grew half a percent in 2011

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The Golden State glows bright with the light of new bodies as California approaches a population of nearly 37.7 million humans.

According to estimates released Tuesday by the state Department of Finance, California added 250,000 residents in 2011, a moderate increase at less that 1 percent, same as 2010.

The growth rate of CA's state population shows itself, to some degree, in the state of the real estate industry. 198,000 homes were added to the landscape during a housing peak in 2005. In 2011, that number looks more like 35,500, says the finance department.

Large Los Angeles grew its city people presence by approximately half a percent last year, bringing the grandiose total to more than 3.8 million Angelenos. Greater LA County grew in the following increments:

 LA COUNTY CITIES POP 1/2011 POP 1/2012  PERCENT 
Agoura Hills        20,371 20,413 0.2
Alhambra            83,366 83,661 0.4
Arcadia             56,486 56,546 0.1
Artesia             16,560 16,594 0.2
Avalon              3,768 3,780 0.3
Azusa               46,350 46,618 0.6
Baldwin Park        75,582 75,830 0.3
Bell                35,539 35,607 0.2
Bellflower          76,756 76,907 0.2
Bell Gardens        42,142 42,231 0.2
Beverly Hills       34,173 34,291 0.3
Bradbury            1,058 1,065 0.7
Burbank             104,193 104,427 0.2
Calabasas           23,109 23,683 2.5
Carson              91,455 91,828 0.4
Cerritos            49,128 49,223 0.2
Claremont           35,021 35,300 0.8
Commerce            12,846 12,871 0.2
Compton             96,820 97,058 0.2
Covina              47,880 48,038 0.3
Cudahy              23,847 23,893 0.2
Culver City         38,931 39,004 0.2
Diamond Bar         55,705 55,819 0.2
Downey              111,985 112,201 0.2
Duarte              21,358 21,411 0.2
El Monte            113,662 113,912 0.2
El Segundo          16,690 16,720 0.2
Gardena             58,946 59,124 0.3
Glendale            192,271 192,654 0.2
Glendora            50,207 50,361 0.3
Hawaiian Gardens    14,275 14,303 0.2
Hawthorne           84,762 85,047 0.3
Hermosa Beach       19,536 19,574 0.2
Hidden Hills        1,868 1,869 0.1
Huntington Park     58,216 58,329 0.2
Industry            439 436 -0.7
Inglewood           109,909 110,623 0.6
Irwindale           1,424 1,416 -0.6
La Canada Flintridge 20,279 20,335 0.3
La Habra Heights    5,334 5,352 0.3
Lakewood            80,172 80,378 0.3
La Mirada           48,608 48,697 0.2
Lancaster           157,629 157,826 0.1
La Puente           39,886 39,987 0.3
La Verne            31,122 31,461 1.1
Lawndale            32,824 32,887 0.2
Lomita              20,297 20,396 0.5
Long Beach          463,393 464,662 0.3
Los Angeles         3,806,411 3,825,297 0.5
Lynwood             69,506 69,897 0.6
Malibu              12,671 12,699 0.2
Manhattan Beach     35,209 35,239 0.1
Maywood             27,451 27,472 0.1
Monrovia            36,646 36,727 0.2
Montebello          62,723 62,857 0.2
Monterey Park       60,369 61,153 1.3
Norwalk             105,682 105,714 0.0
Palmdale            153,167 153,708 0.4
Palos Verdes Estates 13,465 13,516 0.4
Paramount           54,193 54,368 0.3
Pasadena            138,768 139,222 0.3
Pico Rivera         63,053 63,168 0.2
Pomona              149,452 149,950 0.3
Rancho Palos Verdes 41,721 41,897 0.4
Redondo Beach       66,895 67,007 0.2
Rolling Hills       1,866 1,875 0.5
Rolling Hills Estates 8,084 8,097 0.2
Rosemead            53,978 54,172 0.4
San Dimas           33,432 33,499 0.2
San Fernando        23,687 23,752 0.3
San Gabriel         39,796 39,926 0.3
San Marino          13,170 13,195 0.2
Santa Clarita       176,779 177,445 0.4
Santa Fe Springs    16,432 16,516 0.5
Santa Monica        90,080 90,223 0.2
Sierra Madre        10,936 10,963 0.2
Signal Hill         11,060 11,129 0.6
South El Monte      20,151 20,190 0.2
South Gate          94,563 94,320 -0.3
South Pasadena      25,664 25,725 0.2
Temple City         35,634 35,749 0.3
Torrance            145,770 146,115 0.2
Vernon              120 120 0.0
Walnut              29,407 29,661 0.9
West Covina         106,284 106,713 0.4
West Hollywood      34,599 34,681 0.2
Westlake Village    8,284 8,300 0.2
Whittier            85,482 85,654 0.2
Balance Of County 1,058,894 1,062,073 0.3

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Redistricting map of Los Angeles proposes a puzzling picture of a possible future

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The city's Redistricting Commission has puzzled out a new political picture of Los Angeles that proposes pushing the boundary lines for 15 City Council seats.

Proposed redistricting maps released Wednesday by the 21-member commission show a possible future that would include major shifts across the region, reports the L.A. Times.

Click here to view all of the proposed redistricting maps.

Reactions are varied,spanning from confusion to accusation. Councilman Tom LaBonge calls the boundary changes "very odd" and Councilman Bill Rosendahl calls the proposal an "outrageous case of gerrymandering" against his district. Councilwoman Jan Perry told NBC L.A., "Not only did they draw me out of my own district, they took me out of Little Tokyo, the Historic Core and all of Skid Row." 

If approved, some of the proposed changes would include: taking part of Westchester out of Councilman Rosendahl’s district; Councilman LaBonge taking on the Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino and Lake Balboa neighborhoods, while shedding Miracle Mile, Hancock Park and Larchmont Village; Councilwoman Jan Perry's district shifting south resulting in a loss of much of downtown but keeping Staples Center and L.A. Live; Councilman Jose Huizar scooping up much of downtown; Councilman Bernard C. Parks keeping Baldwin Hills, acquiring the portion of Westchester lost by Rosendahl and losing the residential portion of Leimert Park; and Councilman Paul Koretz would see his district pushed entirely out of the Valley.

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