Redistricting Alert: Commission Limits Discussion to One Absurd Map
NO! To #NoHo Redistricting! The Redistricting Commission has a plan to change Council District 2 boundaries, which means the NoHo Arts District could lose Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
We are against redistricting. For one, we voted for Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
Do our votes no longer count in Los Angeles?
Who does this proposal exactly serve?
How will this proposal help the only performing arts district in the City of Los Angeles?
- We elected Councilmember Paul Krekorian to serve for four years, not one. Our votes count…even in #TheValley.
- Our Councilmember is the best advocate the NoHo Arts District has had in the last 20 years. He and his team know NoHo inside and out, and actually follow through to get things done in our neighborhood. They understand the needs of our 12 theatres, and all the dance studios (we are the commercial dance/hip hop dance capitol), music recording studios, unique, locally owned restaurants and businesses. We make art in NoHo and Councilmember Krekorian and team help us do this.
- Losing our voice on the City Council as our arts district is struggling to recover from the pandemic will be devastating and a despicable waste of time, money and energy. This is unfair to all the hard work our neighborhood has put in with Krekorian’s team, combined with the economic and emotional impact Covid has already had on the NoHo Arts District. We will run the risk of losing more arts businesses because of this redistricting.
Via Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office:
The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission was supposed to adjust the boundaries of the Council districts to reflect changes in population as reported in the 2020 U.S. Census, while giving due consideration to other factors, such as geographical boundaries and communities of interest.
The Commission’s current plan (K2.5) calls for removing either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Nithya Raman from districts that elected them less than a year ago. One of them would be required to serve a district in the West Valley, far from the constituents who elected them.
At their last meeting, the Commission would not even agree to hear public comment on a proposed alternative. But there’s still time for the Commission to reconsider. If you object to this abuse of the redistricting process, let the Commission hear from you by phone or Zoom in the remaining public meetings (see schedule and contact information below) and write to the Commissioners — all of them (see addresses below) — and let them know how you feel about having your votes invalidated and your choice overruled.
Because both Councilmembers were elected so recently, their terms will not expire until 2024, but the West Valley communities they may be asked to serve haven’t voted for City Council since 2017. If Krekorian or Raman is transferred there, these neighborhoods will go seven years without a chance to vote for their own representative. This is outrageous.
Public Meetings of Redistricting Commission:
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 2021, 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, October 13, 021, 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10:00 AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 PM: Adoption of Final Map
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6:00 PM: Adoption of Final Report
Meeting ID No.:
161 545 4787
Or call 1-669-254-5252 or 833 568 8864 (Toll Free)
Use Meeting ID No. 161 545 4787.
Press #, and Press # again when prompted for participant ID.
Email addresses for all commissioners:
The redesigned District 2-OR-4 — winding from Shadow Hills to Silver Lake — could be represented by either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Raman under the new plan.
Either Councilmember Krekorian or Councilmember Raman could be re-assigned to this new District 4-OR-2 in the West Valley — stretching from the western half of Van Nays to Canoga Park, completely removed from the districts where they were elected.