The Dispute over Reapportionment of the LA City Council
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A recent study showed that the LA City Council voted unanimously 99.9 percent of the time, but when it comes to redrawing council district boundaries it's a very different story. Two members are threatening to sue over recently proposed reapportionment, which is getting its last public hearing tonight, with final council approval scheduled for Friday of next week. We hear about money, power prospects for re-election and public access. Also, some of the world's most rare crocodiles, snakes, toads, tortoises, salamanders and fish go on display tomorrow at the LA Zoo. It'll fascinate you or give you the creeps. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, did Super Tuesday make any difference?
Banner image: Councilwoman Jan Perry addresses constituents on February 3, 2012 about the proposal to divide LA City's 9th Council District.
Who Is Represented by the Los Angeles City Council? ()
Final approval of new LA City Council District boundaries is scheduled for next Friday, but two council members and at least one ethnic group are threatening to sue to prevent that from happening. Time was when the Council voted unanimously 99 percent of the time, but reapportionment has created anger and animosity. David Zahniser has been watching the process for the Los Angeles Times.
- David Zahniser: Los Angeles Times, @DavidZahniser
- Jan Perry: Los Angeles City Councilwoman, @JanPerry
- Michael Trujillo: LA City Council Redistricting Commission
Leapin' Lizards, Amphibians Have a New Home at LA Zoo! ()
Built with $14.1 million approved by voters in Proposition CC, the LA Zoo will open its Living Amphibian Invertebrate Reptile exhibit tomorrow. The LAIR exhibit includes some of the creepiest, deadliest creatures the world has to offer. Ian Recchio is LAIR curator along with six full-time herpetology keepers.
- Ian Recchio: Los Angeles Zoo
Did Super Tuesday Make Any Difference? ()
In six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney was the ultimate winner. But in Virginia — where Santorum and Gingrich weren't on the ballot — Ron Paul got 41 percent of the vote. In the big Midwest showdown in Ohio, Romney only defeated Santorum by one point. Super Tuesday is over, but the Republicans still don't have an "inevitable" nominee. We look at yesterday's numbers and the issues that might or might not unite the party against the Democratic incumbent come November.
- Molly Ball: The Atlantic, @mollyesque
- Ryan Lizza: New Yorker, @RyanLizza
- David Winston: Winston Group, @dhwinston
- Merle Black: Emory University
- John Hawkins: RightWingNews.com, @johnhawkinsrwn
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