Proposed LA redistricting map disenfranchises voters, two city councilmembers say

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Proposed LA redistricting map disenfranchises voters, officials say
The latest proposal to change Los Angeles' district maps has two councilmembers furious and at risk of losing the neighborhoods they currently serve.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Every 10 years following the census, the Los Angeles Redistricting Commission proposes changes to the city of L.A.'s district maps.

But their single proposal following the 2020 Census has two councilmembers, Paul Krekorian and Nithya Raman, furious and at risk of losing the neighborhoods they currently serve.

"That map is outrageous. It disenfranchises a half a million people in those two districts and under these maps, only 10% of those 500,000 people would be represented by someone that they had a chance to vote for," Krekorian said.

Krekorian represents Council District 2 in the San Fernando Valley. Raman, who has only been in office for 10 months, represents Council District 4, which includes Los Feliz, parts of Koreatown, the Hollywood Hills and Sherman Oaks.

If the L.A. City Council approves the new map, Raman and Krekorian's districts would be re-designed and one of them would represent a completely different area.

"I spent almost two years telling people in LA that their voices mattered. That engaging in city government could make real change," Raman tweeted last Tuesday. "Now, thanks to the actions of a few unelected commissioners, the voices of hundreds of thousands of Angelenos are being erased."

Krekorian says the new map isn't based on changes over the past 10 years in population or demographics.

"I think the result that they have put out for the public to comment on is the result of deal-making and politics, and I don't think that's the way this process should work," Krekorian said. "This process should be open, transparent, the public should have an opportunity to comment on many different options."

In a statement, commission chair Fred Ali said in part: "The LA City Council Redistricting Commission's focus has always and continues to be on ensuring that the creation of City Council districts is based on 2020 census data, communities of interest testimony, the federal voting rights act, and other relevant data sources and not on how it helps or hurts elected officials."

The commission is holding a virtual meeting for public comment Wednesday night at 6 p.m. If you'd like to participate, click here.