The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission sent its map recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council but it did not define borders for Paul Krekorian’s District 2 and Councilwoman Nithya Raman’s District 4.
Under the recommendations, one of the council members could end up in a district with entirely new constituents. Raman currently represents parts of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Hollywood Hills, Hancock Park and Sherman Oaks, among other neighborhoods. Krekorian represents East San Fernando Valley neighborhoods, including North Hollywood, Studio City and Sun Valley.
The draft map sent to the City Council would have either Krekorian or Raman represent a district that encompasses parts of both their districts — the Hollywood Hills, North Hollywood, Valley Glenn and part of Los Feliz. The other would represent an entirely new district with areas of Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda and Lake Balboa in the west San Fernando Valley.
The 21-member commission finalized its recommendations on Thursday evening. The Los Angeles City Council will have the chance to make changes to the map before adopting final borders for the City Council’s 15 districts to go into effect on Jan. 1.
Both Raman and Krekorian have previously stated their opposition to the map.
“Last week the L.A. City Redistricting Commission moved forward with a proposed map that effectively `erases’ our district in its current form. This happened despite the fact that the minimal changes in population in L.A. show no basis whatsoever for such drastic shifts,” Raman, who was elected to represent that district in 2020, tweeted on Oct. 5.
She told constituents that she could either lose all but 29% of her current constituents, or lose all of them.
Krekorian emailed constituents on Oct. 5 to warn that the commission could move his district out of the Eastern San Fernando Valley and shift it to the west San Fernando Valley, with him no longer representing North Hollywood, Valley Glen, Studio City, Sun Valley and Valley Village, which could be shifted to Raman’s district.
“The Commission was supposed to protect fair and equitable participation by the voters of Los Angeles in selecting their representatives. Instead, this disgraceful plan would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters in the Valley who will have no say in who represents them in the Council. It would completely reverse the results of elections that took place just last year,” Krekorian, who was elected in 2020, told City News Service in a statement Tuesday. “It would disempower voters of Armenian, Korean and other ethnic backgrounds. And it would silence the public by limiting comments to only one possible set of maps — in direct contravention of the Commission’s own outreach plan.”
Krekorian added in that email that he is “confident” the City Council would reject the proposed map. The council’s Redistricting Commission uses data from the U.S. Census to update the city’s districts, with each council member getting about 26,000 people to represent. The City Council expects to approve the designated borders in time for them to go into effect in January 2022.
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