Molina says her new map "presents a different way to achieve the same objective" as the controversial draft she proposed alongside Mark-Ridley Thomas, the other minority suit on the board (he's black), on August 9. But she knows full well it'll be the popular child of the two. That's because...
... it makes Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's district a Latino shoo-in, instead of Knabe's.
Leading up to last term, Yaroslavsky might have given a much larger crap, but seeing as he's on to bigger and better things at L.A. City Hall (or, at least, more high-profile), his seat is up for grabs anyway in 2012. Might as well make his successor a brown guy!
Watch Molina meet the pale-faces in the middle:
"The proposal could have some appeal to other board members," writes the Los Angeles Times. "Molina's plan would give Knabe, a white Republican from Cerritos, a fighting chance to be reelected for a final term in 2012."
It's true that Knabe might appreciate the welcome-back hug, but if he sticks to his supposed reasons for opposing the Latino-guided changes in the first place -- that they would "split certain communities" and "displace" millions -- he should still be against them.
Molina's new proposal completely shuffles supervisors into unfamiliar territories, where voters may not even know their names. (Not that they can tell the difference anyway.)
We'll update with any shifting endorsements from other board members, along with the Supes' final vote.