L.A. City Council President criticizes drastic changes in redistricting proposal

Los Angeles City Hall building, California. Civic Center district of Los Angeles City.
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - One day after the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission submitted its recommendations for a draft map of revised council district boundaries, Council President Nury Martinez blasted the proposals, saying the drastic changes have "confused and alienated thousands."

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The commission sent its map recommendation to the City Council on Thursday night, but it did not define borders for Paul Krekorian's District 2 and Councilwoman Nithya Raman's District 4.

"As it stands now drastic changes were made to the map that have confused and alienated thousands and threatened to widen the divides between neighborhoods," Martinez said in a statement Friday. "While some areas kept their assets and neighborhoods whole, poverty was concentrated in other communities that have already suffered from disinvestment and neglect for generations."

Martinez said the council would work to ensure the map "does right by all communities and Angelenos."

The draft map moved forward by the 21-member commission has also been criticized by Raman and Krekorian for drastically redefining their districts, and under the recommendations, one of them would end up with entirely new constituents in the west San Fernando Valley.