Dear City Council Members and Staff,I've been reading more and more about this process in the LA Times, LA Weekly and Facebook and I'm disappointed with our city's leadership who doesn't seem to want to listen to anybody in the actual community. I believed that with Council member Wesson being promoted to the presidency, more transparency and inclusiveness would reign. In this most important first test, this doesn't seem to hold true.
What I have found with the proposal of how the Wilshire Center/ Koreatown neighborhood will be divided into 4 CCDs, is nothing short of disappointing and an injustice that serves to further minimize the heavily ESL and immigrant populations in this great neighborhood. They are the hard-working people who are the engine for the masses that come to the neighborhood for tacos, late night drinks, karaoke or concerts at the Wiltern.
We are immensely diverse (Latino, Bangladeshi, Black, Korean, etc.) and our interests would be most challenging to meet by one council member, let alone the 4 different ones we work with now. One only needs to walk on particular streets (walk on Oxford between #rd and Wilshire) that are broken glass-strewn, alleyways of torn and used furniture sitting on the sidewalks for weeks, and huge graffiti tags, famous potholes to see that the basic needs of current residents aren't being met. One only look at Hancock Park to see what an organized and voting constituency can make their streets look like. Many don't speak English, work 12-13 hours/day or are just plain husting (in a good way) to make ends meet. Walk on the sidestreets of historic Filipino Town. You'll see that these neighborhoods which need basic services and outreach are being neglected.
My parents have been here for 30 years, taking less than 2 or 3 sick and vacation days a year to pave the way for my and my brother's careers in public services. They work their fingers to the bone but don't have time to write eloquent letters or vote. I won't be making that mistake and you can guarantee that this generation, which is just coming of age, will remember these injustices of the past.
I ask that you reconsider your commission's proposed boundaries. Please support the redistricting lines proposed by APALC that was done through a much more inclusive and fair process than the one you are currently holding.