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Redistricting commission goes back to the drawing board for district map

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 02:25PM

This is the first draft of the L.A. redistricting map. Tomorrow the process for drawing the new, updated district boundaries will begin.

The L.A. redistricting commission is scheduled to vote on proposed boundary changes tomorrow that will determine the outcome of the new council districts map. The public is invited to City Hall at 4 p.m. Wednesday to see the process first-hand.

The draft map was released late last month and greeted with heated debate by both the public and city councilmembers. Changing district boundaries has huge implications for the economy and development of certain L.A. neighborhoods, and many, Jan Perry in particular, got vocal about it.

Perry said the new map would create an "economic apartheid" for her district, which would include Watts and three new housing projects - making it the poorest district in the city.

The map also removed most of Downtown from Perry's district and put it into José Huizar's region. The 14th district councilman argued that it made sense to unite Downtown in one district and said the new map still left Perry with substantial assets, including L.A. Live and the Staples Center.

Tomorrow at City Hall the commission will vote on a list of 75 amendments to this draft map. These amendments were submitted by the redistricting commissioners and express specific changes they want made.

At least seven of the amendments involve removing landmarks, communities, or geographic areas from District 14 and putting them back into District 9. The Music Center, Grand Avenue, Bunker Hill, the Civic Center and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels are only a few examples.

One amendment asks to unify Downtown communities by putting South Park and the entire Fashion District into the 14th District. Another requests that the Fashion District be placed wholly into CD9 - or for the two districts to split the area.

Each change will be voted on and the ones that pass will be incorporated into the new drawing of boundary lines. The revised map will be released next week on Feb. 22.

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