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County fairness

July 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Letters to the Editor

Every 10 years following the federal census, governments at all levels review their electoral district boundaries. Recently, there has been significant attention on the State’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, but the County of Los Angeles is also undergoing a similar process, which has led to some confusion among Fourth [Los Angeles County] District residents.
At the County level, we need to make certain that the population is divided evenly into five supervisorial districts to ensure fair representation. For the Fourth District, this means that we will need to add about 40,000 people, given population shifts over the last decade. However, as a part of that redistribution, the district that residents live in and the supervisor who represents them could change.
Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors appointed a Boundary Review Committee (BRC) to study proposed changes to the supervisorial districts. The Board has also encouraged public participation in redistricting and through this outreach, many different plans have been submitted. You can review these proposals on the County’s redistricting website at redistricting.lacounty.gov.
As you will see from these maps, significant changes have been proposed that could dramatically alter the Fourth District. Many of these plans would split neighborhoods and communities that have shared the same interests, services, and representation for over 20 years.
It is critical that the BRC hear from you as they finalize their proposal to the Board of Supervisors. That is why I am encouraging residents, chambers of commerce, cities, school districts, church groups, and nonprofits to make sure their voice is heard in this process. It is my hope that we will not see our current neighborhoods, communities and cities divided into separate districts.

Don Knabe
Los Angeles County Supervisor
4th District

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