Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson announced today that three public hearings on proposed new council district boundaries are going to be held, according to the Los Angeles Times.
told Encino Patch that, if the new maps are ratified, Encino will essentially be the only part of the Valley that will remain in CD5. There will be a minor decrease in the population of CD5 as the district loses parts of Bel Air and Beverly Crest. On a side note, the district covered by the Encino Neighborhood Council will remain unchanged.
The City Council’s Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee will take up the proposed maps on Friday before holding three hearings next week. One meeting will be held in in San Pedro on Monday, one will be held in Van Nuys on Tuesday and one downtown at City Hall on Wednesday, March 7.
The proposed final boundaries for the districts were approved last week by a 21-member Redistricting Commission.
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The process of drawing the maps has been controversial, with some commissioners themselves describing it as "ugly" and "dysfunctional," according to the Times.
The City Council is expected to vote to draft an ordinance changing the council district boundaries on March 16, according to the Times.
The redistricting commission will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Van Nuys City Council Chamber, located at 14410 Sylvan St., although no public comments are scheduled to be heard.