Galanter has counterproposed reshaping the 6th as a compact coastal district running from Mulholland Drive to the airport. But she noted that the redistricting commission had initially refused her request to hold a public meeting on the Westside -- although a January 16 Crenshaw-area meeting drew at least 300 people.
The elimination of a council district via redistricting is not unprecedented. As recently as 1987, a special court-ordered redistricting to create a new Latino seat eradicated the Valley’s 1st District and produced a new 1st on the Eastside, north of downtown. But this was shortly after the incumbent, Howard Finn, died in office.