Los Angeles Files Suit Over New Redistricting Law
Los Angeles County has filed a lawsuit against the State of California over a new redistricting law which it says violates the state constitution by discriminating against independent voters and unfairly targets Los Angeles County.
The legislation being challenged is SB 958, authored by Sen. Richard Lara (D-Bell Gardens). It applies only to L.A. and creates a 14-member citizens commission to redraw the county’s five supervisor districts.
The commission is supposed to reflect political registration in the county but, given the political makeup of L.A., critics say it all but ensures a highly partisan body.
“SB 958 tips the process, promoting partisanship, playing favorites between political parties and unaffiliated voters, and subverting local controls,” according to the complaint.
Read more about the suit here.