In a recent L.A. Times op-ed, two former city council members, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, argue redistricting in 2012 played into suspended councilmember Jose Huizar’s ability to benefit from the alleged acceptance of bribes.
At the end of July, a federal grand jury handed down a 34-count indictment against Huizar, charging, in part, that he led a criminal enterprise out of City Hall in which he “agreed to accept at least $1.5 million in illicit financial benefits.” Huizar represented District 14, which includes neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Downtown L.A. and El Sereno. Parks and Perry, who represented the city’s 8th and 9th districts respectively, say the shuffling of districts landed Huizar with “a large swath of asset-rich downtown.” Parks and Perry call for a more independent process and more community input moving forward. Today on AirTalk, we discuss the historical impact of redistricting and what role it could play when lines are redrawn again next year. Do you have questions? Call 866-893-5722.
With files from LAist
Jan Perry, former 9th District Los Angeles City Councilmember representing Downtown, Little Tokyo and south LA and former general manager of the city’s Economic & Workforce Development Department, she’s the co-author of an L.A. Times op-ed titled, “How Jose Huizar’s alleged crimes may have been aided by redistricting;” she tweets @JanPerry
Jonathan Mehta Stein, executive director of California Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that advocates for accountable government, equal rights/opportunities/representation and empowering voices to be heard; he tweets @_jonathanstein