Commission offers tools to public to map LA County’s shifting political boundaries – Daily News
LOS ANGELES – The commission responsible for drawing the districts to elect LA County supervisors invited more public comment on Tuesday, August 31, offering online tools for residents to draw their own recommended boundaries.
The Los Angeles County Citizens’ Constituency Commission co-chair said it was important for the public to see what the commission is doing.
“We want the process of drawing district control lines to be transparent. We will make all submitted maps available to the public for review, ”said CRC Co-Chair Carolyn Williams.
Mapping software available at redistricting.lacounty.gov/mapping-software/ allows individuals and organizations to draw maps to identify the geography of their “communities of interest”. Keeping these communities intact, as much as possible, is one of the objectives of the commission.
The software, which uses data from the 2020 census and other data sets, also allows users to draw the five surveillance districts.
The key requirements for new districts are:
– district populations whose population is reasonably equal (approximately 2 million inhabitants each);
– geographically contiguous districts, while taking into account topography, geography, cohesion, contiguity, integrity and compactness.
The suggested maps will join a host of other contributions that will be considered by the committee, according to co-chair Daniel Mayeda.
“We have received many contributions regarding communities of interest (COI) through written letters, public testimony, completed COI forms and emails,” said Mayeda. “We will incorporate this entry into the maps recommended by the public. “
Supervision district boundary redistribution work takes place every 10 years after the US Census Bureau releases updated census information.
In the past, the supervisory board appointed an advisory committee to study proposed changes and had the opportunity to make revisions before adopting final district boundaries.
When new districts were last drawn in 2011, critics accused some supervisors of favoring a plan that made it harder to elect a second Latino board member. Gloria Molina was the only Latina supervisor at the time and was replaced by supervisor Hilda Solis, who remains the only Latina elected to the board.
The county’s population is now over 48% Latino or Hispanic, according to census estimates.
As a result of state legislation passed in 2016, the LA County CRC is now independent from the Supervisory Board.
The next regular meeting of the committee is set for September 14 at 7 p.m., and more information is available at redistricting.lacounty.gov/.