As the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission meets to adopt a draft map Thursday evening, some Los Angeles City Council members urged constituents to speak up to prevent the districts from drastically changing.
Councilman Paul Krekorian emailed constituents Thursday afternoon to warn that one of his district’s draft maps would 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 Councilwoman Nithya Raman’s district.
Raman is also calling on constituents to speak up to oppose Map K2, which, if adopted, would mean she loses representation of parts of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Sherman Oaks, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile and Park La Brea.
“If these maps look a bit strange to you, I agree. None of the proposed changes reflect the historical shape of our district or the incredible sense of community I feel when I visit our many neighborhoods, and the maps lack many of our most recognizable landmarks,” Raman said in an email to constituents Monday.
The adopted draft map will be presented to the public and people will be able to submit comment.
“Keep in mind, this process is not over,” the commission’s chair Fred Ali told the Los Angeles Times. “All this is going to be subjected to public testimony. And if I’ve learned anything about this redistricting process, it’s that things change.”
The Los Angeles City Council 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 will approve the designated borders in time for it to go into effect in January 2022.
People can watch the meeting and submit public comment at bit.ly/3D2stfq.