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City Council to Mull Fate of 'North Highland Park' Boundary Friday

Proposed report contains amendment that would split Glassell Park into three council districts and leave the northern portion of Highland Park in CD 14.

The Los Angeles City Council's Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee on Friday will vote on a final redistricting plan, which includes two key changes to district boundaries in Northeast Los Angeles.

This latest plan--which was created by the city's Chief Legal Analyst Office in conjunction with the City Attorney's Office--comprises 18 adjustments to the map .

Two of those alterations--D and F--would have a direct impact on Northeast Los Angeles.

Through Amendment D, the northern portion of Highland Park, including the economically resurgent portion , would remain in Council District 14.

Previously proposed maps had moved that portion of the neighborhood into Council District 1.

Amendment F would split the hillside neighborhood of Glassell Park between Council District 13, 14 and 1.

Currently, the district is split between council Districts 13 and 1, and many residents were hoping they would be united in Council District 1 through the passage of Amendment G, which died to critical population data errors.

Bill Rumble, a Mount Washington resident and member of the Mount Washington Association, also spoke in favor of Amendment G at previous meeting of the redistricting commission--specifically because it would unite the neighborhoods of Cypress Park, Glassell Park and Mount Washington.

"Mount Washington and Glassell Park are united in the Mount Washington-Glassell Park Specific Plan. Cypress Park and Glassell Park are united in the community design overlay plan," Rumble said. "This is a river oriented community and all three communities should be kept together in one."

Bradley, the mononymous chairman of the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council, told Patch that Amendment F would "fracture" the neighborhood, causing it to be marginalized by three separate council districts.

"The policy of council districts is to funnel discretionary funds into communities that are visible, vocal and viable," he said. "It's hard to create a unified community when you're split between so many council districts. How can you guide your future when you're not unified?"

The rules committee is schedule to hold its meeting on Friday at 8:45 a.m. in the Board of Public Words Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room, Room 350, located at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

The Los Angeles City Council will then discuss the redistricting report at 10 a.m. in the John Ferraro City Council Chamber, Room 340, located at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

Kathy March 16, 2012 at 11:21 PM
This furthers my absolute disgust for the idiots running this city.

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