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Redistricting proposal hits hard: 9th District to become poorest in LA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 12:51PM

The L.A. City Council redistricting map stands to hit the Ninth District especially hard.

L.A.'s proposed redistricting map was released yesterday, displaying drastic changes in council district boundaries and wreaking havoc on certain councilmembers; none more so than Jan Perry.

Perry's 9th District currently encompasses Downtown and much of South L.A., but under the new map her entire area would shift dramatically south.

The district stands to lose most of Downtown - and gain Watts, along with three large public housing projects; Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts.

This will bring the total number of housing projects in her area to five - an unprecedented amount, according to Perry's office.

"The process that produced this map neither represents an open process or one that truly took the interests of the people living, working, owning businesses, providing services and investing in the 9th District reflected in their testimony to the Redistricting Commission," said Perry.

Although the 9th will retain the Staples Center and L.A. Live, it will lose many other ongoing projects that Perry and her district have been significantly involved with. The enormous retail and housing development, One Santa Fe, would be stripped from CD9 in the new map; so would the shopping complex at 7th and Figueroa Streets and the new Marriott hotels.

"Downtown Los Angeles has experienced historic and economic transformation and growth," Perry said. "Removing Downtown assets from my district will eliminate the engine of change for the people living throughout the district."

Jefferson High School, Fred Roberts Park and Ross Snyder Park will also be removed from the district.


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