On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the draft political boundaries for its 15 members, making big changes to the Hollywood Hills area of councilor Nitya Raman, while retaining the USC and exhibition park in the area represented by councilor Curren Price.
At 12-2 After a vote, councilors approved the map, which includes many of the changes recommended last month by the civic commission. However, they reworked the Commission’s plan for the San Fernando Valley, moving on to ensure that the areas represented by councilors Nuri Martinez, Bob Blumenfield, and Paul Crecorian remain largely as they are.
The draft council map will be the subject of two state-required hearings – one on Wednesday and the other on November 23 – before returning to the vote on December 1. On this day, the council will adopt a resolution on amendments. by virtue of.
The most contentious issue on Tuesday centered on the Exposition Park, an area in South Los Angeles where institutions such as the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Banc of California Stadium and the California African American Museum are located.
A decade ago, the council, then chaired by councilor Herb Wesson, approved a district redistribution map that moved the Exposition Park and nearby University of Southern California from the 8th arrondissement, now represented by Councilman Marquis Harris-Dawson.
Harris-Dawson, which has the city’s largest concentration of voting-age blacks, has asked colleagues to rebuild the Exposition Park in his area. This would mean removing the Exposition Park from the area represented by councilor Curren Price.
Only three councilors voted in favor – Harris-Dawson, Raman and Mike Bonin. After the meeting, Harris-Dawson called the council’s decision a “travesty” and said he intends to continue the fight for the exhibition park.
District 8 needs facilities such as Exposition Park to benefit local communities and serve as a catalyst for economic development, he said.
“I am going to continue to appeal to the conscience of my colleagues,” he said in an interview. “I think I can do more to highlight the importance of this issue and how deeply it is felt in Black Los Angeles.”
Price, for his part, said he was pleased with the result, describing Exposition Park and USC as crucial for their neighborhood, which stretches from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles south to 95th Street. The borough, which occupies the neighborhoods at the eastern end of South Los Angeles, is predominantly Hispanic and is considered the poorest in the city.
“People [in the district] have a personal interest in Expo Park. We worked a lot there, created new jobs, ”he said. “So this is an economic engine.”
The city has changed county boundaries every ten years since the publication of the US Census data. By law, each borough should have roughly the same population — Los Angeles has about 260,000 people per borough. The card must comply with the Federal Voting Rights Act, which provides opportunities for political representation for blacks and Hispanics.
Tuesday’s vote came about a year after the city formed a 21-member citizen committee to conduct a new set of lines. The commission’s proposal accomplished several goals, such as ensuring that the 5.7 counties are located in the valley and that Koreatown has a single representative on the council.
The commission’s proposal sparked protests from many community groups in the valley and district councils, who said that as a result, too many residents were left with a new councilor, and key economic assets were moved from one district to another.
Martinez, president of the council, pushed for a “hybrid” map to address these challenges. According to the council’s plan, her area is to reclaim Van Nuys Airport and the Sepúlveda Basin Recreation Area; Blumenfield will return to Canoga Park and Winnetka; and Crecorian would be confident that his area would remain in the East Valley, including areas such as North Hollywood.
The largest batch of changes was made in the Ramana area, which has lost Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, La Brea Park and part of Mid City. In return, the district moved deeper into the Valley, reaching the western coast of Reseda.
Raman managed on Tuesday to convince the council to rebuild small sections of her neighborhood, including parts of Silver Lake and Hollywood. However, she voted against the general map.
Richard Close, president of Sherman Oaks Homeowners Assn., Based in the Raman area, said his group is happy with the new borders. Close said the plan met his organization’s goal of keeping Sherman Oaks in one area, where about two-thirds of the Valley’s population lives.
The numbers will make it easier to elect a sixth councilor living in the valley in the future, he said.
“Based on our population, [the Valley] there should be 5.68% of the valley areas, ”he said. “And this card gives us that percentage.”