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Days after vote, recommended maps for LAUSD school board boundaries still not online

Members of the public at a Redistricting Commission meeting Tuesday night at Hamilton High School looking at proposed maps.
Members of the public at a Redistricting Commission meeting Tuesday night at Hamilton High School looking at proposed maps.
Tami Abdollah / KPCC

A once-in-a-decade proposed map for new school board boundaries is still not on the city's official LAUSD Redistricting Commission website, days after the public was asked to weigh in on their proposals, and after a commission vote.

At noon today, the commission's staff sent out a public email with an attached recommended map and said it was was still working with the city to get the information on their site. A section for the maps were added to the site by 1 p.m. today, but no maps were there, only a blank page.

The 15 volunteer members of the LAUSD Redistricting Commission began meeting last October to prepare for the map-drawing process, create maps and provide their input into the technical process, which must take place every 10 years to account for population shifts. The numbers are drawn from the census.

Despite their drawn maps, however, the final proposed maps presented Thursday were drawn off of a publicly submitted draft map by the nonprofit Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials. Technical director Paul Mitchell, who was hired by the city to draw the maps, said he based his revision on public testimony and input from the commissioners.

After a five-hour meeting Thursday, the commission recommended a map called Cv1, which aims to create three strong Latino seats for the board.

But in contrast to the hundreds who have shown up to single meetings of the city's own redistricting commission process, the commission for LAUSD has had a comparatively piddling amount of public response with about 1,000 total members of the public weighing in on the maps at a handful of meetings around the city.

Some commissioners have called into question whether the maps received enough public input or whether the process was truly democratic. At a meeting last Thursday, the commission heard from many angry members of the public who said they felt like the decision of which map would be adopted was undertaken without a good-faith effort to involve the public.

The commission will meet Wednesday at LAUSD Headquarters in Downton to take public comment before sending on their finalized report and recommended map to L.A. City Council March 1.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).