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Yaroslavsky's Westside district would be carved up by Latino plan

Gloria Molina

Supervisor Gloria Molina has proposed a redistricting plan to create a second Latino seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that would significantly change Zev Yaroslavsky's Westside and San Fernando Valley district.

Under the revised plan, Supervisor Don Knabe would cede Latino neighborhoods in southeast and eastern L.A. County to Molina, who would represent a new San Gabriel Valley-centered district. Knabe would gain the northern coastal area of the county from Yaroslavsky.

Under Molina's proposal, Yaroslavsky's home in L.A.'s Fairfax neighborhood would be in a new, heavily Latino district, stretching from the eastern San Fernando Valley through downtown to East L.A. Because Yaroslavsky, a white Democrat, will be termed out of office in 2014, he would not run in the new district.

The proposal could have some appeal to other board members. Molina's plan would give Knabe, a white Republican from Cerritos, a fighting chance to be reelected for a final term in 2012. Knabe would retain his strongholds of Long Beach, the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the South Bay. Under a previous plan backed by Molina and Latino activists, Knabe's district would have moved east and become predominantly Latino.

Under the revised plan, Knabe would cede Latino neighborhoods in southeast and eastern L.A. County to Molina, who would represent a new San Gabriel Valley-centered district. Knabe would gain the northern coastal area of the county from Yaroslavsky.

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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