LA City Redistricting: What Defines Your Community?

Tue, 01/10/2012 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

LA City Council Redistricting Commission and Councilman Eric GarcettiThe City of Los Angeles Redistricting Commission wants you to weigh in on what defines your community.  On Monday, January 9th, the Redistricting Commission hosted the 14th of 15 public input hearings (one in each city council district) to hear public testimony from community members.  The meeting, held at Los Angeles City College in CD13, was attended by over 100 stakeholders, including City Councilman Eric Garcetti and State Redistricting Commissioner M. Andre Parvenu.  Over 70 community members provided public testimony.  Most spoke about communities within Council District 13.

The last of the predraft public hearings will be held on the evening of Tuesday, January 10th.  The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission will then develop draft maps, which will be presented to the public for additional comment in February. 

Community members with strong feelings regarding district borders are encouraged to submit their testimony during the initial process, either online at www.redistricting2011.lacity.org or in-person at the final meeting (click here for meeting locations). 

Several of those providing public testimony spoke about the importance of cultural gathering places and art centers to their communities, including Koreatown (currently spanning four City Council districts), Thai Town, Filipinotown, the Hollywood media district, Armenian and Latino communities. 

LA City Council Redistricting Commission and Councilman Eric GarcettiJoselyn Geaga-Rosenthal spoke on behalf of FilAm Arts to encourage Commissioners to maintain historic Filipinotown within a single council district. 

Others mentioned the importance of "laying claim to a community's place in local history" through cohesive redistricting, and noted that the council districts often don't follow the same lines as the Department of City Planning's community plans

Every ten years, the results of the US Census data shows population growth or decreases in city, state and federal districts.  The boundaries of these districts are re-drawn in an effort to make districts "as equal in population as possible and practicable to that communities have equal access to political representation" (see Frequently Asked Questions on Redistricting2011.LACity.org for more information).  Districts are intended to preserve communities of interest, and consider geographic, street and political boundaries.

For more information and to voice your opinion of your community's boundaries and strengths, please visit Redistricting2011.LACity.org

 

Photos: Community members signing in; Councilman Garcetti addressing the group.