LA Supervisors and Latino Voting Rights

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After a long and passionate hearing last night, LA County Supervisors rejected a move to radically redraw their district boundaries by a vote of four to one. Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas wanted to create a new, Latino-majority district, by drastically changing districts now held by Zev Yaroslavsky or Don Knabe respectively. Yaroslavsky and Knabe opposed both plans, along with Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe. But four votes were required, and Ridley-Thomas finally joined them to produce a majority for a plan by Knabe, which pretty much maintains the status quo. We hear from Ridley-Thomas, Knabe and others.

(Supervisor Yaroslavsky declined our invitation to participate in this discussion.)


Gene Maddaus - Variety - @GeneMaddaus, Mark Ridley-Thomas - LA County Supervisor representing District 2, which includes parts of Downtown, Koreatown, Crenshaw, Baldwin Hills and Culver City - @mridleythomas, Don Knabe - Los Angeles Coliseum Commission - @DonKnabe, Thomas A. Saenz - Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - @ThomasASaenz, Richard Close - Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association

Warren Olney

Christian Bordal, Katie Cooper, Karen Radziner