Poll: What Do You Think of Proposed New City Council Districts?

The new district lines would almost completely change Councilman Tom LaBonge's territory in the Valley.

The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission released a draft map of the new 15 City Council districts last week.

What do you think of the new maps? Vote in the poll below.

If approved, the new districts would drastically alter the political landscape in the East San Fernando Valley. To learn more about the potential changes, .

The new district lines would almost completely change Councilman Tom LaBonge's territory in the Valley, as he stands to lost Toluca Lake, the NoHo Arts District and his portion of Studio City in favor of Sherman Oaks, Encino, Van Nuys and other areas. LaBonge is not pleased with the new maps.

"The function of the commission is to listen to the people, and I don't know if they listened to the people as it's been drafted," LaBonge told ABC7. "...That's a matter of years that you develop these relationships. That all disappears if you have a new district."

Councilman Krekorian has yet to directly address the new proposed districts, which could see him lose the Sunland area in favor of gaining territory in NoHo, Toluca Lake and Studio City. But before the proposed boundaries were announced, , "I have the most awkward, gerrymandered district in the city, but I love it. They elected me twice."

Other Patch readers have chimed in:

: "CD2 makes sense. CD4 is nuts."

: "It does look funky for some districts ie LaBonge, but they finally put all of the North Hollywood neighborhoods together; the way it should have been. I hope Cd2's proposed boundaries stick. Would love to have Krekorian represent."

: "Any time without Mr. 'find me a camera' LaBonge is a good time!!!!! Krekorian would be a breath of fresh air!"

: "Loving the way CD2's boundaries are drawn. NoHo, Studio City, Toluca and Valley Village together. Synergy."

: "All organized groups in Toluca Lake are in OPPOSITION to moving to CD2. The boards of Greater Toluca Neighborhood Council, Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce and Toluca Lake Homeowners Association have all voted to stay in CD4."

The Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission will be hosting seven public hearings between Feb. 1-11 to gather public input regarding the preliminary draft maps. Check below for more information about the hearings:

Date:       Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Time:       6:30 PM
Location:  Wilshire Ebell Theatre
               4401 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Date:       Monday, February 6, 2012
Time:       6:30 PM
Location:  Occidental College, Thorne Hall
               1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Date:       Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time:       6:30 PM
Location:  City Hall, John Ferraro Chambers
               200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Date:       Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time:       6:30 PM
Location:  Walter Reed Middle School Auditorium
                4525 Irvine Ave.  Studio City, Ca. 91602

AArtVark February 01, 2012 at 09:50 AM
I live in CD4 in North Hollywood and work in CD4 at Fairfax & 3rd (and lived in CD4 in Miracle Mile for nine years before moving three years ago). The district makes sense because of what's in it - a lot of film industry companies and studios. One of the reasons I moved to my part of North Hollywood was because it felt connected to the city and not a part of the suburban West Valley. I grew up in the West Valley and have nothing against it, but it's a totally different vibe. I think that Tom LaBonge has done a good job in the district and don't see a reason to break something that's working. Most things I've heard both from pundits and private citizens, with few exceptions, have been negative in regards to the new proposed districts - not may seem happy. At the same time I haven't really heard complaining about the way the districts currently stand, so I don't see what the purpose for drastic changes is... I do suspect that residents of districts probably won't be listened to and in the end we'll have to settle for some Frankenstein like redistricting. Seems to the a trend in California - breaking things that work and not fixing things that don't. Cheers.
zapple February 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
If it's "not broke, don't fix it"... We like being in CD-4.. Cm La Bonge and his staff have worked tirelessly to help us keep the integrity of Toluca Lake, from our GTLNC Planning Committee to our very successful Neighborhood Watch program.. If we are forced into another Councilman's area, he wil have no idea how hard our groups work to be homogenous with each other....
Elliot S! Maggin February 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I live in West Hills, whose CD borders - probably at the urging of the neighborhood council - were changed so that it is included in just one district rather than two. The new proposed CD 4, however, where I have a rental home, is loony. I suppose pretty much every community in Los Angeles has somethingorother in common with every other, but to loop a chunk of West Van Nuys into a snake line through the mountains and end up out in Toluca Lake and Silver Lake is so contrived and irrational as to suggest there is ill intention afoot. Did you know that Austin Texas has no congressmen? Austin is a Democratic city in a beet-red state. It's divided into four Congressional districts, each of which stretches 400 miles across Republican ranchland to the Mexican border. So no representation in DC for the southwest's greatest urban treasure. You don't want to be Texas, do you?
Frank Mihelcic February 01, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Having North Hollywood, Vally Village, Studio City and Taluca Lake grouped into one council district gives us a more powerful voice to Cilty Hall and to the councilmen of the district for our comon issues. Eventhough Tom Labonge has be supportive of valley issues due to term limites he is unabel to run for councilmen again. I prefer having a stonger council district for 10 years.


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