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State Senator Tony Mendoza on why he wants to increase the number of county supervisors




LOS ANGELES, CA  - NOVEMBER 03, 2015 --  Los Angeles County supervisors meet in the board room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to approve a new contract with county sheriff's deputies and firefighters on November 03, 2015 that will give them a 10% raise over three years. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03, 2015 -- Los Angeles County supervisors meet in the board room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to approve a new contract with county sheriff's deputies and firefighters on November 03, 2015 that will give them a 10% raise over three years. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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There are ten million people in LA County and all of them are represented by the 5 elected officials who make up the board of supervisors.

Some say there aren't enough supervisors to represent that many people and others add that the large districts make it harder for people of color to win election to the board.

State Senator Tony Mendoza is making a case for increasing the number of supervisors on county boards so that each official would represent no more than 1.4 million people per district.

To accomplish this, he's purposing an amendment to the state constitution. But for an amendment to be officially adopted, it must first pass through the state legislature, and then approved by voters on a state-wide ballot. 

For us in Los Angeles County, that would mean adding two new districts and two new seats to board of supervisors. 

Opponents like LA Supervisor Sheila Kuehl argue that local issues shouldn't be left up to voters outside of Los Angeles, and should only be determined by those directly affected by those issues. 

Senator Mendoza spoke with Take Two's A Martinez and explained why he wants to increase representation for California counties. 

To listen to the interview with Senator Mendoza, click on the blue Media Player above.