A community group launched an initiative drive last week to have voters elect City Council members by district instead of at-large, and to limit council members to two consecutive terms.
The group, Citizens United to Reform Elections, filed a notice with the city clerk to circulate a petition. The group has until early August to collect 8,435 signatures, which represents 15% of the city's registered voters.
If successful, the first district election would be held in June, 1992, and the first four of the seven districts up for election would be the odd numbered ones. If no candidate in a district receives a majority of the votes, a runoff election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes would be held in the November general municipal election.
Initiative supporters say districts lines were drawn to reflect historic neighborhoods. The numbers assigned to districts have changed from maps presented to the public in December, but the areas remain the same. They are District 1, city center north of Wilshire Boulevard; District 2, north of Montana Avenue; District 3, Wilshire corridor; District 4, mid-city area; District 5, Pico Boulevard neighborhood; District 6, Sunset Park, and District 7, Ocean Park.