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The Shame of Sham Redistricting and the Perpetuation of City Hall’s Failure

Not one to pull her punches or knees to the groin, LA Weekly’s Simone Wilson calls LA’s Redistricting Commission “an embarrassing who’s-who of career City Hall
puppets … To say the 2012 redistricting commissioners are
cloaked in this culture of self-preservation and nepotism is an
understatement; they are the fibers that give it form.”

‘Take Michael Trujillo, the mouthpiece selected by City Councilman
Richard Alarcon to represent City Council District 7 .. How appropriate, now, that this incurable negative-campaigner should be
hand-picked (sloppy seconds!) by Councilman Alarcon, the most nepotistic of the bunch” who is charged with felony voter fraud/perjury over moving outside his own district. 

The LA Times was far less forthright but did acknowledge that the draft maps released Wednesday set “the stage for a series of pitched battles over neighborhood identity, ethnic clout and raw political power” — a point made in the Daily News as well which said they kick “off a fierce battle over the political, cultural and ethnic lines of the city,”

In fact, the only voice that any reporter could find who praised this outrageous insult to the people of Los Angeles that is being foisted on them by a failing political machine engaged in a feeding frenzy as if there is no tomorrow (and there will be no tomorrow if anything like these maps is approved) was the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s Stuart Waldman, which was predictable if you followed the group’s activities.

“You listened to me. You listened to the neighborhood councils. You
listened to the people of the San Fernando Valley,” Waldman told the panel at its Van Nuys Civic Center meeting Wednesday — a position that was clearly out of step with the howls of protest from community activists and neighborhood leaders Sunland-Tujunga to Sherman Oaks to West Hills and throughout the city from Koreatown to East, South and West LA.

Some commissioners were appalled. “Quite frankly, I am embarrassed to be associated with this product,” said former state Sen. David Roberti.

And even some the politicians who appointed this commissioners with the intent of enhancing their power, securing their political futures and expanding opportunity to raise campaign cash were shocked and dismayed at what they had wrought.

Bill Rosendahl called the maps an “outrageous case of gerrymandering,” which was always the intent but not if it cost him Westchester or inflicted Tom LaBonge on Sherman Oaks and Encino or robbed Jan Perry of the big bucks from downtown developers to provide Jose Huizar with that plum even as rumors of his legal problems with the feds are heating up.

Not to worry says Commission Chairman Arturo Vargas, the mayor’s appointee, the maps are “a work in progress” and “the final product won’t be the same product” as the ones that were released.

That, of course, is the scam. They released maps deliberately intended to infuriate almost everybody so that people will be begging for mercy and be willing to accept crumbs from the table of power as usual and settle for districts that are only half as gerrymandered as these.

I’d like to believe that this insult to our intelligence would spark a level of community outrage that would lead to real change and spark a voter rebellion that threw the scoundrels out and put into office citizen candidates committed to serving the public, not screwing the public. But I’ll have to see that start to happen to believe it.

Here are the current district and draft maps (you can see details in the LA Times’ Interactive Map):

Draft Map

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EXISTING DISTRICTS

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13 Responses to The Shame of Sham Redistricting and the Perpetuation of City Hall’s Failure

  1. Anonymous says:

    The nobodies Commission will not determine the Districts boundaries. The two ” Sacramento ” Napoleons will, by self dealing, buying votes, collecting on previous and future endorsements, and setting up Districts to elect their buddies, hmm Speaker Perez?

  2. Anonymous says:

    The nobodies Commission will not determine the Districts boundaries. The two ” Sacramento ” Napoleons will, by self dealing, buying votes, collecting on previous and future endorsements, and setting up Districts to elect their buddies, hmm Speaker Perez?

  3. Anonymous says:

    The State Redistricting Commission appears to have much more successful in maintaining communities of interest than the hacks and losers appointed by the City Hall criminals to do their bidding. It seems we need reform of our own Redistricting Commission. I like the lottery system the state has. It is more removed from the status quo vested interests that this mess.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Westsiders will not give up their neighborhoods without a fight. These maps are total BS and corrupt as the politicians. The fact that Alarcon appointed Mike Trujillo is the biggest red flag of corruption on this redistricting. This is a perfect opportunity for all those community members to FIGHT LOUDLY for their neighborhoods. Those neighborhood councils better get up off their lazy asses and finally show people they active and help the people they represent fight for their communities.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The State Redistricting Commission appears to have much more successful in maintaining communities of interest than the hacks and losers appointed by the City Hall criminals to do their bidding. It seems we need reform of our own Redistricting Commission. I like the lottery system the state has. It is more removed from the status quo vested interests that this mess.

  6. MissAnthrope says:

    Aw,com’on. Give us a break, remappers.
    If it were up to me, which obviously it isn’t, I would take a ruler and draw square blocks on the map and let the chips (or votes) fall where they may.
    It’s hard enough to figure out what district you live in as it is. The way they draw the maps makes it nearly impossible.
    And frankly, I never bought into the districting theory that people vote in lock-step, so I never saw the need to carve them up to favor special interests.

  7. Anonymous says:

    MissAnthrope: You have it right.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Attended redistricting commission meeting 01/25/12.
    Shameful. Creative red-lining.
    Question:why did the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association (SOHA) request the redistricting map it submitted to Commission not be made public?
    Awards for courage and integrity go to: Commissioners David Roberti and Helen Kim.
    Sadly, Commissioner Jose Cornejo kvetched he was not paid for his services, then proceeded with melodrama, concluded with thuggish intimidation.
    The dark-ugly-side of his nature was revealed. Very creepy guy.

  9. Anonymous says:

    When you look at the trash and garbage on City Council, how can you be surprised that they appointed even worse trash and garbage to the Redistricting Commission?

  10. Wayne from Encino (interim Redistricting Commission President) says:

    I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF CITY HALL, ENOUGH OF THE 15 “Clowntocricies” called “Districts!” ENOUGH!!!
    Therefore, there is one option at this point: WITHOUT OBJECTION, I HEREBY APPOINT MYSELF PRESIDENT OF THE LA CITY REDISTRICTION COMMISSION!
    I CALL THE QUESTION:
    DO I HEAR A SECOND?
    WUF WUF!
    BRUNO HAS 2nd the motion:
    CALL THE QUESTION:
    UNANIMOUS CONSENT!
    OKAY, NOW I’LL DISPENSE WITH THE BULLSHIT.
    1/ All commissioners are deemed CLOWNS AND ARE HEREBY RELIEVED OF DUTY! Turn in all FREE CITY PARKING PASSES and all CITY DEBIT CARDS!
    2/ I SHALL NOW REDRAW THE 15 DISTRICTS:
    CD 1—CHINATOWN, LITTLE TOKYO, DOWNTOWN to STAPLES CENTER, CONVENTION CENTER.
    CD2—SHERMAN OAKS AND STUDIO CITY
    CD3—WOODLAND HILLS, WEST HILLS, CHATSWORTH, AND NORTHRIDGE
    CD4–HOLYWOOD HILLS, HOLLYWOOD, AND KOREATOWN
    CD5–WEST LOS ANGELES, PACIFIC PALASADES, BELAIRE, AND BRENTWOOD.
    CD6–VAN NUYS, PANORAMA CITY, SUNLAND/TUJUNGA.
    CD7–ENCINO, TARZANA, AND SHERMAN OAKS
    CD8–AT LARGE (SAN FERNANDO VALLEY DISTRICTS)
    CD9–AT LARGE (DOWNTOWN TO WATTS TO CHINATOWN)
    CD10-BALWIN HILLS, WATTS, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS)
    CD11-AT LARGE (PLAYA DEL REY TO SAN PEDRO)
    CD12-CANOGA PARK, WINNETKA, RESEDA, GRANADA HILLS
    CD13-AT LARGE (HOLLYWOOD, HOLLYWOOD HILLS TO EL SERENO)
    CD14-EAST LA, EAGLE ROCK, EL SERENO
    CD15—PLAYA DEL REY, PLAYA VISTA, WESTCHESTER,
    VENICE, AND SAN PEDRO
    THUS: VALLEY GETS 6 SEATS (5 + 1 AT LARGE.)
    COASTAL/WESTSIDE AREAS GET 3 (2 + 1 AT LARGE)
    DOWNTOWN/EAST LA GET 6 (4+ 2 AT LARGE.)
    THE KEY TO THIS PLAN–4 AT LARGE SEATS—OR SUPERSEATS THAT GIVE A 2ND LEVEL OF REPRESENTATION TO 4 KEY REGIONS OF THE CITY IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR 11 SEATS.
    AS FOR THIS SHIT ABOUT “REPRESENTATION”—-THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT REPRESENTATION CAN BE BASED UPON THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES PAID!!!!
    The San Fernando Valley and Coastal Cities pay about 70% of the bills here–but get carved up like labrats by the Downtown Scumbag Powerbrokers.
    This plan would guarantee the guys and gals paying the bills here GET THE LIONSHARE OF POWER who (still live hear and haven’t been drivin away.)
    The plan would also guarantee at least one ASIAN person would get on the Clowncil.
    The plan would guarantee at least 2 “Jewish” seats–who again pay half of all the taxes here but can’t speak up due to political correctness.
    The plan would also give us at least two “Black” seats at the Horseshoe.
    Also the plan would shift priorities away from stealing from the Valley and Westside and instead providing services. If they screw us like they do now, the District would be cohesive enough to vote out Clowns or recall them.
    MOTION—-
    SECOND–WUF WUF!
    SO IT PASSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I will give this dire warning—I know HUNDREDS of People who are close to the “1%” who are getting ready to leave this City or are on the bubble. If this shit for a plan passes PLUS FRIDAYS 10 YEAR RATEHIKE PLAN—THIS COULD BEGIN A HUGE EXODUS OF WEALTH FROM THE CITY COFFERS!!!
    So vote—with your feet if you must.
    MEETING IS ADJOURNED.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Ron or somebody please correct me if I am wrong.
    Isn’t Wesson in charge of all of this?
    If the is the case why are all of the community groups citywide not advocating to throw his behind out of office (whatever he runs for)in the next election?
    Make sure he knows NOW that everybody citywide will be finding the right candidate and CITYWIDE throw the money behind that candidate!!

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