Threats were made during the process, but now they have come to reality. At least one lawsuit is being prepared over the recently approved LA City Council redistricting maps.
The new map split Koreatown for the first time ever, and it was a move that was derided by opponents of the plan as a political power grab by Council President Herb Wesson.
The lawsuit will bring forward two challenges against the redistrict maps. The first is a challenge of the process that was used. Representatives of Koreatown say that the Council ignored public comment and input, as well as feed back from redistricting commissioners. And, they say, the entire process happened behind closed doors.
The second challenge will be against the maps themselves.
From the LA Weekly Blog:
They threatened, and they meant it: Koreatown is taking the L.A. City Council to court over the gerrymandered land grab that was redistricting 2011-12.
City Hall politicians get loads of legal threats thrown their way, on the daily. But Koreatown activists’ growing rage was given a lot more weight last night at a town-hall meeting, where L.A. law firms Akin Gump and Bird Marella agreed to take on their case pro-bono.
“Over the next couple of months, as City Council wraps up their process…”
Read the full article here.