Council District 1 residents, which includes parts of Highland Park, Echo Park, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights and Westlake, among others, are invited to share their thoughts on plans for the city's new council district maps at a public hearing tomorrow, January 7th between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church in Chinatown.
To account for population changes, every ten years the Los Angeles City Council Districts revises its boundaries in the process of redistricting. Once they collect community concerns via a series of public hearings, the L.A. City Redistricting Commission will recommend changes on district maps to the L.A. City Council.
Tomorrow's meeting is noted as a special meeting of the L.A. City Redistricting Commission because there might be a quorum (11 members) of the Commission present in addition to Council District 1 representative Ed Reyes.
Redistricting involves important consideration of the distinct cultural identity of L.A.'s various neighborhoods. Voting power and community voice has potential to strengthen or weaken under such a process. In 1972, the council redistricting created a 14th district with a Latino-majority, a step toward electing Latino representation in city government and a source of controversy with then Councilmember Arthur Snyder, an Anglo reared in Lincoln Heights.
The public hearing will be held Saturday January 7th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Italian Catholic Church, 1039 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012.
For more details, you can read the public agenda here.
Make sure to share your story and have your voice heard.