Don’t forget — the city’s Redistricting Commission meets Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall to hear presentations by various interest groups and individuals regarding their preferred boundaries for our city council districts. (A few individual presentations will also be heard, and members of the public may submit speaker cards to make brief comments at the meeting.) The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council is one of 19 different groups scheduled to present to the Commission at the meeting, and the more stakeholders that come to support its cause, the better for our neighborhood. The GWNC has circulated the following letter to its stakeholders, containing the meeting details and a bit more background about the importance of this event (the letter may also be forwarded to neighbors throughout the area, to help encourage meeting attendance):
To all of our neighbors:
Greater Wilshire is again on the ropes.
The City Redistricting Commission will release its draft City Council district map at the end of this week. Neighborhoods around the City are fighting for political power.
Unfortunately, we in Greater Wilshire are in grave jeopardy. We should be united in ONE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT. However, the City’s last redistricting effort divided us into 3 Council districts in 2001. Added to this, neighborhoods all over town are vocally and effectively expressing their competing desires. Plus, last year’s State of California redistricting exercise split Greater Wilshire down the middle, for the first time in our history, into 2 voting districts for federal and state elections.
YOU can make all the difference. We have assembled an excellent group presentation. We will deliver it to the Redistricting Commission on Wednesday, January 18, at 4 p.m. in City Hall, City Council Chambers. But unless we bring the entire neighborhood to fill out speaker cards, hold signs, and stand in support of a united Greater Wilshire, our words will fall on deaf ears.
We need you to preserve our historic and unique neighborhood. See you on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall (please try to arrive by 3:45 to get a good seat; carpooling is strongly encouraged).
Owen Smith, Brookside, GWNC President
And your GWNC representatives:
Larissa Alarcon, Renters
Yigal Arens, Melrose
Patti Carroll, Ridgewood-Wilton/St. Andrews
Charles D’Atri, Larchmont Village
Charles Dougherty, Windsor Village
Elizabeth Fuller, Sycamore Square
Jane Gilman, Business
John Gresham, Wilshire Park
Jack Humphreville, Windsor Square
Alex Jones-Moreno, Religion
Bobbie Kumetz, Fremont Place
David Lunzer, Education
Frances McFall, Country Club Heights
Jason Peers, Oakwood-Maplewood/St. Andrews
Fred Pickel, La Brea/Hancock
Mary Rajswing, Other Non-Profit
Benjamin Rosenberg, Citrus Square
Jane Usher, At Large
James Wolf, Hancock Park