The Los Angeles City redistricting plan I recently proposed is not an attempt to undermine my colleague Mike Woo or to squelch the voice of the Asian community as indicated in your editorial (July 10), "Get Out the Erasers."
The irony is that my plan specifically responds to the requests of Chinese-Americans that their voting strength be consolidated in a single councilmanic district, thus giving Councilman Woo the opportunity of representing twice as many Chinese and a substantially larger number of Asians than he does at the present time.
The further irony is that Woo's own redistricting plan fragments Asian voting between a number of districts, which would reduce the ability of the Asian community to elect people to the council in the future who represent their interests.
And here lies the crux of the matter. The Voting Rights Act, in the present case, relates to improving the voting power of minorities within political boundaries to elect officials to represent their interests. The act has nothing to do with the race of those representatives. This being the case, Councilman Woo is way off base in his attempt to exploit the Voting Rights Act to protect his seat on the council.