Strange New Territory: L.A.'s Council District Lines Redrawn
Redistricting is going on in the City of Los Angeles, and today, quite literally, the political landscape of local government has been rocked by the proposed boundary lines for our 15 Council Districts.
Councilman Tom LaBonge calls the boundaries, proposed by Los Angeles' Redistricting Commission, as being "very odd." L.A. Now summarizes a couple of the uprootings, as the new map would mean "pushing one district deeper into the San Fernando Valley [and] pulling another completely out of it," among the widespread alterations.
Councilmembers, like LaBonge, would find their territory more focused on a single region; for example, LaBonge's CD 4 would forsake areas near the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park, and give him instead more Valley neighborhoods, like Sherman Oaks. In turn, Paul Krekorian, of CD 2, would pick up a bit of what LaBonge loses, as would others.
Councilman Bill Rosendahl has already labeled the proposed changes an "outrageous case of gerrymandering" in regards to his district.
The L.A. Times has an interactive map feature showing the current district boundaries and the proposed ones. See if you'd be in another district where you live if these changes go through.