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Redistricting lawsuit follows approval of Los Angeles' new maps

Los Angeles Redistricting Map 2012

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The city of Los Angeles' redrawn map is headed for a legal challenge.

A lawsuit that alleges the Los Angeles City Council favored one community over another when it redrew its district lines was inevitable given the challenges of creating new maps, a redistricting expert said today.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of five Koreatown residents alleges redistricting commissioners and city council members ignored the wishes of Asian-American advocacy groups when it split the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council into two districts. The plaintiffs, whose attorneys declined to make them available for interviews, want to toss the maps and have a court appointed master redraw the lines.

The plaintiffs also believe that Councilman Herb Wesson’s desire to keep the Tenth District as an African-American district outweighed the concerns of the Asian-American community.


Lawsuits on deck in Los Angeles' redistricting process

Los Angeles Redistricting Map 2012

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New district lines were approved today by the Los Angeles City Council. Members of the clergy and Korean American Coalition are ready to file a lawsuit as soon as the maps take effect.

A coalition of clergy members took to the mayor’s office today to demand a meeting after the Los Angeles City Council approved new district lines that that group says ignore the will of the people.

In a 13-2 vote, the council gave final approval to the maps. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has 10 days to approve or reject the maps. Council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry continued to oppose the maps, which moved USC out of Parks’ district and decimated Perry’s downtown and South Los Angeles district.

“Little did we know that it would turn out the way that it did, with the Ninth District being severed from its economic engine of 40 years, rendering the residents who are now south of Staples, south of Olympic to having an annual (median) income of $16,000,” Perry said.

Religious leaders as well as the Korean American Coalition plan to sue the city once the mayor takes action on the maps. Their requests for meetings with Villaraigosa have been denied. 


Los Angeles' redistricting plan almost a done deal

Los Angeles Redistricting Map 2012

City of Los Angeles

New district lines were approved today by the Los Angeles City Council. A final vote is expected next week, and the new districts will take effect once Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signs off on the plan.

New maps for the Los Angeles City Council’s 15 districts were approved today with a 12-2 vote, moving the city one step closer to new boundary lines and a potential lawsuit.

The proposal did not receive a unanimous vote and therefore will be back for a second vote in one week. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will then be asked to sign off on the redistricting plan. 

Council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks continued their opposition to the new lines by voting against the maps. Much of Perry’s Ninth District was taken away under the new plan, pushing her from the coveted downtown area into South Los Angeles. In the Eighth District, Parks lost USC.

Before this morning’s vote, Perry asked for a delay, suggesting the City Attorney’s Office may have changed some of the map lines based on comments from a city engineer. The Bureau of Engineering and City Attorney’s Office will report back next week on any statistical changes to the map.


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.