Saturday, December 4, 2021

The new card could cost Raman 40% of her Los Angeles metropolitan area.

The Los Angeles City Council Committee released a new map of the 15 boroughs of the city hall on Friday, which will bring major changes to the Hollywood Hills area, presented by councilor Nitya Raman.

In a 6: 1 vote, the Special Constituency Redistribution Committee recommended that the Ramana area extend from Silver Lake to the western San Fernando Valley, including parts of Encino and Reseda.

Raman voted against, saying her constituency is undergoing far more radical changes than any other. She said the proposal would result in her constituency losing about 40% of its voters and the end product of a “clearly politicized process” that left many residents in the dark.

“This result was not inevitable, and it was only thanks to the support of our voters that we were able to save as much [the district] just like us, ”she said in her statement.

Raman asked her colleagues at the start of the meeting to take an alternative map developed by her office that would allow her to save more of Hollywood and the Park La Brea area. None of her colleagues agreed to support her proposal, and the proposal was not put to a vote.

According to the committee’s proposal, the Ramana area will lose areas such as Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, La Brea Park, Toluca Lake, as well as parts of Mid City and Hollywood apartments. She will keep Sherman Oaks, Los Feliz, the Hollywood Hills and part of Silver Lake.

The Ramana area will also be part of Studio City. Raman, who has been in power for almost a year, said in a statement that she was “very pleased” to meet her new voters. “Wait for me at your door in the new year!” she said.

Los Angeles changes its political boundaries every 10 years after the publication of the US Census data. According to the law, each constituency must have approximately the same number of voters.

The committee’s proposal goes to the city council on Tuesday. Public hearings on the plan will take place on Wednesday and November 23, followed by a council vote on December 1, according to the schedule provided to the committee.

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For weeks, Raman and councilor Paul Krekorian have been battling a proposal for redistributing districts from a 21-citizen commission that would force one to represent a significantly redrawn district and the other to take over territory that is 100% new to them. Both argued that such drastic changes would disenfranchise their voters.

Under the new proposal, Crecorian will leave most of its East Valley area unchanged, retaining all or part of North Hollywood, Valley Village and Valley Glen. City Councilor Bob Blumenfield, in turn, will retain much of his West Valley area, including Woodland Hills, Canoga Park and Tarzan.

The council committee’s proposal for the reallocation of districts is based in part on a plan prepared by the Civilian Commission and in part on a map presented last month by the Latin American Labor Organization.

The committee’s “hybrid” plan would leave three boroughs in South Los Angeles, the coastal area represented by councilor Mike Bonin and the harbor area represented by councilor Joe Buscaino, largely unchanged.

On Friday, the committee rejected a 6-to-1 committee recommendation to locate an exhibition park, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, in the area represented by councilor Marcus Harris-Dawson.

Harris-Dawson and councilor Curren Price have been arguing for weeks over the fate of the exhibition park and neighboring University of Southern California. If the council agrees with the committee’s actions, the exhibition park will remain in the Price area.

Council chairman Nuri Martinez, who chaired the council committee, said the new map made “necessary changes” to the commission’s proposal to redistribute districts in order to achieve certain goals, such as keeping Koreatown in one district.

Martinez said the hybrid map includes some of the changes requested by Raman. She also argued that Raman’s alternative proposal would “split the Jewish community.”

“We have done our best to preserve the integrity of the communities,” Martinez said.

Raman’s office assistant disputed this claim, claiming that the alternative map was in fact designed to preserve the unity of Jewish communities. An alternative map, spokeswoman Stella Stahl said, would allow Encino, one of the city’s largest Jewish communities, to be linked to other Jewish neighborhoods south of the Hollywood Hills.

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