UPDATE: A huge thank you to the hundreds of community members who came out to the Ebell Theatre last night to ask the Redistricting Commission to keep Koreatown in one city council district. Thanks due also to our partner orgs: UDLA, Thai CDC, PAVA, KADC, KCCD and KABA for raising your voices with ours. You have another opportunity for public input on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6PM at City Hall. Let's show the Redistricting Commission that Koreatown matters! (More about the public hearing)
Hear the testimonies of Koreatown residents at Wednesday's Public Hearing below.
As commissioners, you will be drawing the lines, but recognize that the passions, the intensity, the feelings [expressed to you tonight] represent the frustration of years of being underserved, years of not having language access, basic services, years of seeing too much political patronage and favoritism, the lack of open green spaces and so forth. We have in our own members organizations like Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC), a majority of whose staff are not Asian. And so we reject the characterization that was in the LA Times that seems to describe this as a racial conflict. What it represents is the idea that fairer political boundaries will lead to improved and more responsible political representation.
WHAT: Redistricting Commission Public Hearing DATE: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 TIME: 6PM PLACE: Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. LA, CA 90005
(entrance at 4401 W. 8th St.)
City Council Districts in Los Angeles are currently being considered by the LA City Council Redistricting Commission. The greater Koreatown area is currently divided into four City Council Districts. KAC is pushing for an intact Koreatown, as defined by the official Wilshire Center/Koreatown Neighborhood Council and the Preserve America White House Initiative boundaries.