“Ethnic coalition backs Knabe in face of redistricting plan”

With a burgeoning Latino population, Los Angeles County redistricting is going to get interesting.  I expect major litigation.

MORE: from the LA Daily News:

But Justin Levitt, an associate professor at Loyola Law School, said the current system deprives Latinos of the right to get their candidates elected.

“The Latino population is very cohesive, it tends to vote in the same direction, and everybody else tends to vote against them,” he said.

“There is a legal obligation to create two districts in which the Latino voters have the effective opportunity to elect candidates of choice.”

Under the redistricting proposal presented by Levitt to the board Tuesday, one Latino-majority district – the 1st District, currently led by Molina – would run along the Los Angeles River, starting from Bell, then moving north and west along the 101 and the 5 freeways into the San Fernando Valley.

The other Latino-majority district would run along the San Gabriel River along the 605 and into the eastern part of L.A. County. Some of those areas currently belong to the 4th District, led by Supervisor Don Knabe, a Republican up for re-election to his final term.

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