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L.A. redistricting plan to be released after closed-door session

January 25, 2012 |  9:41 am

The Los Angeles Redistricting Commission plans to release Wednesday a draft set of boundaries for 15 City Council districts.

But a proposal made Tuesday night by one of the commission's secret subcommittees is already causing an uproar on the Westside. A 10-member panel that met past 9 p.m. Tuesday drafted a plan to move Westchester out of the coastal district represented by Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

The plan would let LAX, which is just south of Westchester, remain in Rosendahl's district.

Rosendahl said Westchester is more affected by the airport than any other neighborhood in Los Angeles and should not be separated from it. He said he learned of the proposal from his appointee on the Redistricting Commission, who attended Tuesday night's meeting.

"I will fight this all the way to the City Council," he said.

The Redistricting Commission was scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday and could vote to circulate a draft map for the entire city.

In recent weeks, the commission created three seven-member committees to meet behind closed doors to draw up district boundaries for different regions of the city.

On Tuesday night, the commission had a 10-member committee work out differences among commission appointees for neighborhoods stretching from downtown to Rosendahl's district.

The Times asked if it could attend that meeting and was told it was not open to the public.

"To me, it's outrageous. It's ridiculous. I want all these meetings to be in public," Rosendahl said. "Frankly, I don't understand why they're in closed-door session."

Redistricting commissioners told The Times they are not supposed to speak to the public about the subcommittee meetings.


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