LA's 15 City Council districts are redrawn every 10 years according to census figures. Recent charter reform incorporates public input into the redistricting process. Tonight, a 21-member advisory commission will begin hearing proposals. One, from Latinos hoping to increase their political clout, calls for a shift in power from the Westside to the San Fernando Valley. We look at race politics, redistricting, and what all means for the Valley, West Side, and Latino voters, with Amadis Velez of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski, Charter Reformer Raphe Sonenshein, and Richard Close, who's leading the San Fernando Valley secession movement.
- Newsmaker: Sheriff Finds Nothing Wrong in 3 Misconduct Cases
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, who is up for re-election this year, has vowed to crack down on official misbehavior. Yet three recent cases of alleged misconduct by deputies have left two men dead, one wrongfully jailed, with hefty settlements for the county, but no disciplinary action. Sheriff Baca defends the Independent Review Board's reliance on fact rather than perception in making its decision.
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