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Draft City Council Redistricting Maps Rankle Rosendahl

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl is asking constituents to sign a petition opposing newly drawn City Council boundaries that remove parts of Playa Vista and Westchester from his 11th Council District.

The Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission on Wednesday released draft maps of newly redrawn City Council boundaries as part of a redistricting process that drastically altered some districts and drew protests from council members.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Wednesday blasted out an email criticizing the draft maps for "lopping most of Westchester and part of Playa Vista" from his 11th Council district into another.

Rosendahl urged his constituents to sign a petition rejecting the draft map in order to keep the Westside coastal district intact. He also urged them to attend a public hearing before the Redistricting Commission on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 W. Manchester Ave. in Westchester.

Rosendahl said his 11th District had about 10,000 too many residents, but the commission has suggested "amputating the bulk of Westchester and part of Playa Vista from the rest of our district," instead of trimming along the edges. The councilman noted that the draft map would divide communities that share a neighborhood council, a chamber of commerce and a community plan area. He also criticized separating Westchester from Los Angeles International Airport.

"Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, and LAX are inextricably linked, sharing a neighborhood council, a community plan area, and a chamber of commerce. We need to keep the 11th District whole and intact!," Rosendahl said in a message on the petition page.

Seven public hearings will be held from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11 over the draft maps. (See attached.)

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, some of the more significant changes in the proposed maps include:

  • Tom LaBonge's Council District 4 would represent more Valley communities than before. The district would no longer include the Toluca Lake/North Hollywood area and it would gain Sherman Oaks, Encino and Lake Balboa, which are currently part of Councilman Paul Koretz's council district 5. LaBonge would also lose the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park areas, giving his district a much larger focus on the Valley. LaBonge said in a statement that the map "fractures the community of Hollywood among three Council districts and dissolves the "historic core" of the district in the Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Windsor Square, Pan Pacific Park and Park La Brea."
  • Paul Koretz's Council District 5 would no longer include the Valley and he would gain the Miracle Mile and Hancock Park neighborhoods. He voiced displeasure at the possibility of losing his Valley territory. "I enjoy the areas I’ve represented. I have an excellent relationship with the community groups there," Koretz told the Los Angeles Times.
  • Paul Krekorian, whose Council District 2 already includes a large chunk of North Hollywood, would now cover the NoHo Arts District and Toluca Lake. 
  • In downtown Los Angeles, Councilman Jose Huizar's District 14 would represent the majority of the area and Jan Perry's District 9 would hold on to only the Staples Center and L.A. Live.

Community members now have five week for public comment. Final boundaries must be approved by the commission on March 1 and then will need approval from the council.

Correction: The location and address of the Feb. 2 publich hearing before the redistricting commission has been corrected Jan. 26, 2012. City documents and officials provided incorrect information.

Sherri Akers January 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We have worked so hard to build relationships between Neighborhood Councils so that we have a stronger voice in the City Council. This will undermine all of that. Please join us in signing this petition! We have an effective council district - let's protect it!
RDJ January 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Bill stop being a CRY BABY: change is good maybe you will now have a little competition! Shaken not stirred.
Hans Huth January 29, 2012 at 07:37 PM
The Westchester/Kentwood community is too beautiful to let this happen. If the redistricting separates LAX from the resident that it impacts, all checks and balances on LAX expansion will be lost, and residents will suffer. Coincidentally, LAWA is holding a meeting AT THE SAME TIME to go over an LAX proposal to develop land that was formally condemned for a safety buffer zone. Now, LAX will propose building a hotel where family homes were bulldozed. Since the redistricting meeting will overlap, it sounds like this is about dividing and conquering. If you care about your community, you need to attend that redistricting meeting and make yourself heard- this is about LAX and developers who want to make money by sacrificing your quality of life. Don't let them walk over you and your homes.
Hans Huth January 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
The last thing we need is competition from LAX and developers who want to sacrifice our quality of life to line their own pockets; they are powerful enough as it is and will not act in the community's interest. Don't let them get what they want by dividing us and/or relying on our apathy - please consider signing the petition, or we will have something to cry about indeed. After all, it only takes 2 minutes.
Sonny Barger January 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Bill it looks like your going to have to answer to the Venice community for all your false promises.

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