25 Oct Redistricting: Take Action Now in the Shaping of Our Communities
On Friday, October 22, and by a vote of 15-6, the Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission adopted K2.5 (Final), the map it is recommending to City Council. The Los Angeles City Charter requires the redrawing of City Council boundaries every ten years after the U.S. Census to ensure that they remain substantially equal in population. This process is designed to help ensure that communities have fair access to their political representatives. To see the criteria used for redistricting are listed on the Redistricting Commission website. The Commission’s recommendation now goes before City Council for consideration for redistricting to be completed by December 31, 2021.
The map recommended by the Commission includes five City Council districts completely within the Valley and Mulholland as the south border of the Valley, except within a sixth seat which is 60% in the Valley. These are principles that are consistent with the “Principles on Redistricting” proposed by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA). Comments about where district lines are drawn can be directed to your City Council representative.
Also of interest are the State maps under consideration, since they severely segment Valley communities and threaten to erode the way we have come to define our region. For example, Panorama City is placed in a district with Mid-Wilshire, Studio City with Downtown, and parts of Woodland Hills with Oxnard. You may view the draft State maps here:
LOS ANGELES COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL
LA County Congressional Visualizations A (slides 1-7 of 14)
LA County Congressional Visualizations A1 (slides 8-14 of 14)
LA County Congressional Visualizations B (slides 1-7 of 14)
LA County Congressional Visualizations B1 (slides 8-14 of 14)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY STATE SENATE
LA County State Senate Visualizations A (slides 1-10 of 10)
LA County State Senate Visualizations B (slides 1-10 of 10)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ASSEMBLY
LA County Assembly Visualizations A (slides 1-11 of 22)
LA County Assembly Visualizations A1 (slides 12-22 of 22)
LA County Assembly Visualizations B (slides 1-11 of 22)
LA County Assembly Visualizations B1 (slides 12-22 of 22)
Helpful comments may emphasize:
- The importance of keeping the San Fernando Valley districts wholly contained in the San Fernando Valley.
- The San Fernando Valley is a geographical area roughly bounded by the Santa Susana Mountains to the north, the Simi Hills to the west, Mulholland Drive to the south, and the San Gabriel Mountains to the east. It lies wholly within Los Angeles County.
- The 405 is not a dividing line in the San Fernando Valley.
- Do not draw a district that goes South of Mulholland Drive.
- Keep San Fernando Valley neighborhoods and cities whole.
The Valley Economic Alliance is supporting VICA maps, which adhere to these principles.
You may view the VICA maps here:
Now is the time for all of us to weigh in with a unified voice to preserve the character and community of the Valley to prevent disruption to our economy and our way of life.
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