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San Diego County is exploring the idea of having three retired judges chose the county district lines every 10 years. Could it start a trend of removing the power from county supervisors?
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Could San Diego County Set the Trend for Redistricting Independence?

As far as San Diego County supervisorial candidate Steve Danon sees it, there's a trend about to take flight: Removing redistricting power from supervisors.
Detail of the approved 2011 redistricting plan for Los Angeles County
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Should L.A. County Supervisors Give Up Their Redistricting Power?

What would it take for an independent commission to draw the new district lines every 10 years, instead of the LA County Board of Supervisors?
In 1991's landmark L.A. County redistricting case, the Department of Justice played a key role, alongside the ACLU and MALDEF. Will the DOJ get involved again 20 years later? (Photo by Matt Churchill/Creative Commons)
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Anatomy of a Potential L.A. County Redistricting Lawsuit

Nearly one month following the LA County Board of Supervisors' controversial decision not to create a second Latino-majority district, speculation continues on whether a lawsuit will be filed to challenge the amended map.
Barbara Pritchard/FEMA Photo Library
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Redistricting Hurdles in L.A. County & California, Explained

As competition for a viable redistricting plan heats up amongst Los Angeles County Supervisors, a starkly different scenario has already played itself out at the state-wide level, hailed as historic by some, and illegal by others.
At a UTLA protest in May 2011
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Teachers Union Demands LAUSD Rehire Staff, Cites Budget Surplus

The union representing L.A. Unified teachers wants over 1,200 teachers laid off last year to be rehired.
A 'Save Olvera Street' sign seen in 2010 as merchants and the city negotiated rent prices
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A Real Reason to Celebrate L.A.'s 230th Birthday

A few months ago, the future of Olvera Street -- the so-called site of L.A.'s birthplace -- hung in the balance.
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