To the editor: The redistricting course of within the metropolis of Los Angeles will stay complicated, not solely due to a sham democratic course of and the political absurdity of the elected officers who management it, but in addition due to an entrenched construction that quietly privileges white, wealthier communities within the gentle of profound demographic shifts. (“Are LA Leaders Making an attempt to Sabotage Metropolis Corridor Reform?” Chief, Dec. 4)
The editor’s place on the topic is right in mentioning the town council’s solely motivation: the incumbent safety. Essentially the most damaging issue, nevertheless, stays largely invisible: the shortcoming of a majority-minority metropolis to straddle political traces with respect to inhabitants tendencies and ethnic demographic modifications.
Leaving majority-white neighborhoods like Playa del Rey, Woodland Hills, and Chatsworth untouched till the 2031 redistricting course of comes on the expense of the Latino, black, and Asian voters who make up rising components of Los Angeles. On this, the motion of the town council is de facto apparent.
Sonja Diaz, Los Angeles
The writer is director of UCLA’s Latino Coverage and Politics Institute.