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Garcetti Takes Sides in County Redistricting Fight

Abandoning his posture as a consensus-building LA City Council President, Eric Garcetti appeared Tuesday before the County Board of Supervisors and strongly endorsed redistricting plans proposed by Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas that would create a second predominantly Latino seat, likely changing the board’s politics for years to come.

Garcetti, along with Councilman Ed Reyes, left their own meeting to testify for one minute each before the supervisors.
The Council President and wannabe mayor said he supported either plan for a second Latino seat, despite widespread complaints from constituents of Zev Yaroslavsky on the Westside, Calabasas and most of all the San Fernanado Valley, which would be carved into three different supervisorial districts.
Made a point about his Latino and Jewish heritage in arguing it was only “fair” for Latinos to control two of the five supervisors’ seats. 
How his position will play among Jewish voters on the Westside and Valley remains to be seen but his decision appears to reflect his calculation that he can’t compete for those votes against Yaroslavsky while the Latino vote is up for grabs with state Sen. Alex Padilla deciding not to run for mayor.
To be approved, the redistricting plan must get four votes or it goes to the other county elected officials to decide: Sheriff Lee Baca, District Attorney Steve Cooley and Assessor John Noguez.

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12 Responses to Garcetti Takes Sides in County Redistricting Fight

  1. Anonymous says:

    Garcetti continues to use the Latino card and its pissing the hell out of a lot of us Latinos. He’s as Latino as Obama is white. Eric, stop using and pretending just because you speak Spanish being a Latino to get press. You dumb ass, the legal Mexican Americans aren’t as dumb as you think. Garcetti like Wendy Greuel couldn’t even find the Eastside until someone drove them there. I hear Garcetti now is saying his family was in Boyle Heights. Garcetti will start getting booed if he continues using Latinos race card when he’s in front of us cause we’re feeling insulted.

  2. jeff says:

    Did Garcetti become latino by dying his hair black?
    I’m assuming he is using “Latino” to mean he is a decendant from a latin country, Garcettti being Italian?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sir: Wait a ;minute. We are not fighting with one another, there are other people here in the San Fernanado Valley like me who came here to work for one of the aero-space giants who changed
    the Valley from agriculture to manufacturing. I am one of those people – been here since August, 1966. Our 4 children graduated from local schools. We are not people aat war with anyone.
    God made us all and all five races.
    But as an agricultural community, people were just people – aren’t we still just people. If
    power is what you are seeking, power of what?
    We are all different in our family makeup,
    but we make good relationships. Read David Fleming ‘s article of September 22, 2011. We are all good neighbors. There is a problem
    however linking us with the L.A. that is over
    the hill (Long Beach) – what do we share with
    people 65-70 miles away. Yes, they are out-of-town. The people of the Valley do not have a problem with each other, they simply want fairness from City Hall.

  4. jeff says:

    Did Garcetti become latino by dying his hair black?
    I’m assuming he is using “Latino” to mean he is a decendant from a latin country, Garcettti being Italian?

  5. jeff says:

    Did Garcetti become latino by dying his hair black?
    I’m assuming he is using “Latino” to mean he is a decendant from a latin country, Garcettti being Italian?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wait a minute you guys…who cares about
    Garetti? We have to care about our part of
    this world which includes 5 different races.
    The San Fernando Valley is our home. We do not
    to play politics with the Garcettis of this
    world. We don’t need to, right???

  7. In Eagle Rock says:

    To get to the bottom line here for Spvsr. Molina- remember her as the one who socked away about $7 million from the “discretionary funds” that each supervisor is provided annually(aka “slush fund” funded by tax dollars), and appied it to a Latino Cultural Museum…
    Well, what we will have if she gets her way is just another politician siding with the Latino contingent as we see in Sacramento and City Hall, tilting things her way very simply.
    Do we need that? What this is not is anything that the voters want since the voting public is a small part of the population anyway.
    It’s all to gain a stronger foothold and advance the causes that Molina and union-stooge Ridley-Thomas (“I need my office remodelled- it’s only $700,000.”). and I doubt that would be a good direction for us overall.
    I as a Latino have become very disappointed a long time ago with the choices made by the Latino politicians for years.
    We don’t need more divisiveness that the so-call establishment of diversity creates. The melting pot idea has been replaced by separatism that city council members foster, maybe unintentionally, by continually celebrating the differences of people instead of the commonalities we share.
    The council also claims to be “Business Friendly” so that makes two things where the are tremendous flops as they aggravate the problems by their actions.
    The county does not need to follow the city hall lead into making people “separate”- and would they be “equal” too?
    Shouldn’t a politician work for the well being of the PEOPLE without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin or any other dividing measure?
    Shouldn’t they do the best job for the overall good? But really, it’s special interests, including labor unions and industry lobbyists, and of course, first of all, THEMSELVES.

  8. OccupyLA says:

    In terms of progress, white america has to stop being afraid. It’s sorta like Palestine getting a State. It represents a voice. A more powerful voice. But it really doesn’t matter because OccupyLA is here, Pensions are the dumping ground of this Cities financial trouble. The other problem is, using City Tax money to scurry over to Public Comment on non City Issues. It’s clearly a power grab, making sure he didn’t miss anything… but Eric, Rule 22. You have failed to hear the people. If you want your City back, see you OccupyLA

  9. Wayne from Encino says:

    Isn’t it time to get rid of Ridley-Thomas’ BLACK HELL HOLE SUPERVISOR DISTRICT? Let’s have 2 “urban shithole welfare districts” known as
    HH 1 (HellHole 1) HH 2 (HellHole 2). Then the other 3 Supervisorial Districts will be known as
    JT1, JT2, and JT 3 (Jew Taxpayers 1, 2, and 3.) THEN, there needs to be 2 OTHER NEW SUPERVISOR SEATS–
    HO (Homeowners-at large district) where YOU DON’T GET TO VOTE FOR IT UNLESS YOU OWN A GOD DAMNED HOME, and SB (Small Business-at large) WHERE ONLY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GET TO VOTE FOR IT. That way, THE TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE A 5-2 SUPERMAJORITY ON THE COUNTY BOARD! Property values would go up 5-10% THE NEXT DAY IT WOULD BECOME LAW.
    Thus, the Board would look like this:
    HH1—MOLINA (urban dirtbag/communist); HH2–Ridley-Thomas (racist/sellout/fool); JT1-Zev (Liberal/fool/jackass;
    JT2-Knabe (Marina Del Rey’s Benedict Arnold); JT-3 Antonovich (wife’s an AEG pawn.) Then the SB (Joe the Plumber, for example); and HO (Ron Kaye or some pissed off Valley homeowner.)
    In other words, I’ll summarize: THE DEMS ARE ON TOO HIGH OF A POWERGRAB TO TRY TO OVERTURN PROP 13 AND IT’S GOING TO BITE THEM IN THE POLITICAL ASS SOON! Suggestions like I’ve made will take hold if they KEEP UP THE STUPID STUNTS. But the powerbrokers like Ridley and Molina WANT PROPERTY TAXES WAY UP LIKE IN NEW JERSEY. They can’t stand the current 1.22% (WHICH BY CORRUPTION THEY’VE VIOLATED PROP 13 WITH DOZENS OF SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS PULLING THE RATE A FULL 1/4 TO 1/3% HIGHER THAN THE JARVIS LAW’S 1% ANNUAL CAP!) But it shows 2/5 of L.A. County is UNINHABITABLE! Yuk!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’m so tired of always hearing race mentioned for every campaign, issue etc. As a Latina my parents nor I ever heard the word Latino this and that growing up. It wasn’t about race it was about being a good, ethical, person willing to do the right thing to represent people along all races lines. However, when you look at the big picture and view the records of all the Latinos and blacks in office, its beyond disappointing. They have done a disservice to their own people. Look at the districts on the Eastside and South LA. They are now in worse shape and deteroriated horribly but they are being represented by miniority politicians. Need I say more.

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