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February 12, 2005
Re "GOP Fears a Redistricting Backfire," Feb. 8: I couldn't keep from laughing, seeing the exposed hypocrisy of Republicans. Let's see if I've got this right: They seek to reset political boundaries to suit themselves, but not for offices that would make congressional districts competitive. OK, I got it. A little redistricting favoring them is fine, but more than that and they'd actually have to submit themselves to its scrutiny, which they can't abide. Sounds like the only special interests they're looking out for are their own hides.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The lawyer for a group of Los Angeles residents suing to redraw year-old boundaries for 15 City Council districts on Wednesday accused two top elected officials - including newly installed Mayor Eric Garcetti - of violating federal voting rights law when the maps were developed. Attorney Leo Terrell sent a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder alleging that Council President Herb Wesson and then-Councilman Garcetti created the maps in a way that benefited "certain politicians" while disenfranchising the public.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1992
If I am not mistaken, the reason for the furor behind the forced redistricting of councilmatic, congressional and supervisorial districts is because the "minorities" have been screaming that they are not being fairly or equally represented. But, if I read the statistics correctly, the Anglo is now the "minority" in Los Angeles and many would agree that they are now the ones whose rights are being denied and who are not fairly or equally represented. Is there anyone out there who is willing to take on a legal challenge to bring back and preserve the rights of the new Anglo "minority"?
NEWS
January 24, 2013 | By Ted Rall
D ue to a quirk caused by redistricting, 4 million Californians will not have an elected state senator until the year 2014. Until then a caretaker senator from a neighboring district will take charge of these no-man's lands. How on earth are constituents supposed to pressure their fake senators? ALSO: Overkill in the war on pot Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Clinton goes back to basics on Benghazi Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1992
I favor amending the state Constitution so the legislative and executive branches have no role in redistricting. They are clearly too corrupted by partisan politics and conflicts of interest to be trusted with the task. Nonpartisan think tanks may already have done research on alternatives to California's dysfunctional system of political redistricting. If they haven't, it is time for them to do so and publish issue papers on the subject. Then it will be time for citizens of all political persuasions to make use of the initiative process for the public good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992
I find it extremely important that I write to express my concerns about the City Council vote that will be taken Friday on the redistricting of the Los Angeles Unified School District. I fervently hope that the City Council will reconsider the redistricting plan and vote against it. The plan will divide the Valley into four school board districts, three of which will be primarily in the central portions of Los Angeles. It is destructive, divisive and unconscionable. The new redistricting plan for the LAUSD is a Draconian scheme to systematically break up and destroy the representation of the San Fernando Valley.
OPINION
December 16, 1990
The U.S. Supreme Court justices ought to have their heads examined for their decision on redistricting in Los Angeles County ("High Court Clears Way for Vote in 1st District," Metro, Dec. 11). The whole theme of America is based on freedom and equality--where each and every person has an equal chance regardless of race, color, religion, sex or age. America is a melting pot of all people on this planet. Why do Latinos need to have "their" district? Aren't they Americans of Latino descent just like the rest of us who are proud Americans descended of European, African, Asian and every other country of this world?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Many state senators will serve constituents outside their official districts for the next two years to address a quirk caused by the redrawing of political boundaries in 2011. When the legislative district maps were remade, some new districts overlapped old ones. Voters in only half of the 40 state Senate districts chose representatives last year. Some communities in the old districts were moved into new ones that will not have elections until 2014. That has left nearly 4 million Californians without an elected representative in the Senate for the next two years, while others temporarily have two senators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2012 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It's time to stop vacillating. Election day is almost here. There are still a few loose ends to straighten out on the California ballot. Things such as auto insurance, sex slavery and food labeling. Also an obscure legislative redistricting measure. Here are some thoughts - mostly negative - on four measures, in numerical order: •Proposition 33: It's sponsored by one very narrow interest. Mercury Insurance founder George Joseph is bankrolling this initiative - with $16.4 million at last count - in an effort to steal customers from other insurers.
OPINION
October 24, 2012 | By Mickey Edwards
Two and a quarter centuries after America's founders devised what was then a unique approach to government - a nation in which people would be citizens, not subjects - the country is in the midst of a struggle to determine whether that system can survive. And California, as is so often the case, is in the vanguard. If other states ignore California's rebellion against party-centric politics, the dysfunction that plagues Washington will continue and the United States will become increasingly unable to deal with pressing national problems.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A three-judge federal court Tuesday found the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature guilty of discriminating against Latinos and blacks in the drawing of new election districts and threw out its redistricting plans for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the state Legislature. The ruling will not affect the November elections. Earlier this year, federal judges in Texas drew an interim districting plan to be used this year only. Citing the Voting Rights Act, the judges said the state's new election districts deliberately undercut the voting power of the growing Latino population.
OPINION
August 12, 2012
At long last, Los Angeles may have been treated to some candor about this year's redistricting process. In a videotaped discussion that was the subject of a Times story Wednesday, City Council President Herb Wesson told a group of Baptist ministers that the city was divided into factions, and that he was "able to protect the most important asset that we as black people have, and that's to make sure that a minimum of two of the council people will...
NEWS
June 29, 2012 | By Robert Greene
I'm moving this weekend, but I'm not sure it's going to be that big a deal. I don't have to pack anything or call a van company or rent a U-Haul. I don't even have to leave my house -- because the whole house is moving. House, street, Highland Park neighborhood -- we're all moving together, out of Los Angeles' Eastside 14th Council District, where we have been for a decade, snuggled up against the Pasadena border yet right near Forest Lawn in Glendale while oddly taking in the eastern part of downtown and somehow still including Boyle Heights, the Pomona Freeway, the Santa Monica Freeway and parts of town even farther south than Washington Boulevard -- and into the 1st Council District.
OPINION
June 7, 2012 | By Dan Schnur
While most of the country was focused on the back-alley brawl of Wisconsin's recall election Tuesday, a quieter but equally important political revolution was unfolding here in California. Two recent voting reforms - one that changed the way legislative and congressional districts are drawn and another that sends the top two finishers in a primary on to the general election regardless of party affiliation - drew little interest outside the circles of obsessed political insiders.
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