The Los Angeles Redistricting Commission came to town on Monday night to listen to residents concerns and suggestions on the redistricting process. It was a pretty full house for a rainy evening and the courtesy and professionalism of the Redistricting Commission and staff is to be commended. Councilman Paul Krekorian spoke at the beginning of the hearing, urging the commissioners to listen to the community, and listen good.
There were also attendees from La Tuna Canyon, Shadow Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Sun Valley and even some of our friends from the south part of the district (Studio City).
Council District 2 must lose around 12,500 residents in order to keep the population closely matched with other districts. The best way, in my opinion, to achieve this requirement is to simply shift a few blocks of high density housing on the border of CD2 into another district. It would be detrimental and significantly more of an upheaval to shift a vast low density area in the foothills in order to meet the 12,500 number. According to the restrictions of redistricting, the commission is limited to a maximum of 5% of the entire population of CD2 being moved into another district. What I understand this to mean is that there is no way Sunland-Tujunga and our 55,000 or so residents will be moved into another district. This means that the commission will have to do a separation of a portion of the district and that is all. A high density border area of the district, such as in North Hollywood , would be the least disruptive to the district at large.
The Commission will continue to gather input from residents across the City and we will be able to offer further input at a hearing or two in Van Nuys in January. Please visit the Redistricting 2011 web site for more info and updates.
Of interest; During the opening statements, the Commissioners gave a shout out and thanks to the North Valley Reporter for their story on the Redistricting efforts in the latest issue.