Morning Brief: Splitting Up The SGV, Retail Therapy, And Tree Lighting
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Every ten years, U.S. congressional districts are redrawn. That process is now upon us, and some of the newly proposed maps are meeting pushback locally.
One group of residents that aren’t happy with how their districts could be split up are in the San Gabriel Valley. The new maps would redraw two Asian-majority districts in the area — Judy Chu’s and Young Kim’s — which critics argue would significantly reduce the percentage of Asian Americans in those districts, and diminish their regional voting power.
And that voting power, say some civic leaders, has been hard-won over the past 50 years, when immigrants from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan began settling en masse in the SGV. Since then, the area produced the first female Chinese American mayor, and the first Chinese American woman to join Congress.
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The redistricting plan arrives at a time when Asian Americans have seen a frightening increase in hate crimes, launched by racist comments and attitudes about the coronavirus. The problem has become so severe that earlier this year, California officials approved a $166.5 million initiative to address it.
The redistricting maps aren’t final, and the committee working on them will continue to hear feedback through December.
Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A., and stay safe out there.
What Else You Need To Know Today
- Indoor L.A. businesses that don’t check for vaccination status could be fined between $1,000 and $5,000.
- California will ban most new gas-powered lawn equipment starting in 2024.
- Our ongoing series on how street engagement is being carried out travels to Kevin de Leon's CD14.
- Here’s what you need to know about Omicron, the newly discovered coronavirus variant.
- BTS performed live in L.A. this weekend for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
- If you plan to engage in some retail therapy and want to shop local, we've got you covered.
Before You Go ... This Week's Outdoor Pick: Culver City Holiday Tree Lighting
In addition to the tree lighting in Culver City’s Town Plaza, you can watch performances by Culver City artists and organizations, including Invertigo Dance Theatre, VOX Femina Los Angeles and student musicians. The after-party features games, festive treats and visits with Santa.
Or, you could: Attend a Scribble Showdown. Listen to a discussion about love. Check out a Christmas drive-in. Shop an artsy garage sale. Enjoy a Princess Diana exhibition. Nosh on galbi jjim, sufganiyot, tamales and high-end Ding-Dongs. And more.