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Herb Wesson sets new hearings on L.A. City Council redistricting

February 28, 2012 |  1:55 pm

Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson listens to a presentation at City Hall last November. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson announced Tuesday three public hearings on proposed new council district boundaries, which were approved last week by a 21-member Redistricting Commission.

The council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee will take up the proposed maps on Friday before holding three hearings next week -– one in San Pedro on Monday, one in Van Nuys on Tuesday and one downtown at City Hall on Wednesday, March 7.

The draft maps, which rework the borders for 15 City Council districts, have been the subject of controversy across the city, prompting complaints from such neighborhoods as Hollywood, Westchester and Studio City, as well as legal threats from Koreatown activists and two council members -– Jan Perry and Bernard C Parks.

The proposal would give all but a sliver of downtown to Councilman Jose Huizar, removing such locations as Little Tokyo, the Civic Center and the Figueroa Corridor from Perry’s district. The plan would give Wesson a handful of neighborhoods out of Parks’ district -– including Baldwin Hills, where Parks lives. Councilman Tom LaBonge would see his district, which includes Silver Lake and Hollywood, extended west to include Sherman Oaks and Beverly Crest.

Wesson’s five-member panel is scheduled to meet Friday, March 16 to review proposed changes to the maps. That same morning, the City Council is expected to vote to draft an ordinance changing the council district boundaries.

“In all likelihood, redistricting will be the only issue discussed” during the council’s March 16 meeting, Wesson spokesman Edward Johnson said.


Panel approves new maps

Maps leave many dissatisfied

Redistricting shakes up L.A. political landscape

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times