By Jack Humphreville, L.A. Watchdog for CityWatch
The Los Angeles Times recommended that the City Council be enlarged to 31 members, an increase from the current level of 15 elected representatives. This follows the Redistricting Commission’s suggestion to create 22 Council Districts.
By increasing the size of the City Council, Angelenos will have more responsive elected officials because the number of constituents for each district would shrink from 260,000 to 126,000 residents. More council districts will also mean less gerrymandering and allow the districts to better accommodate the “diverse geographic, demographic and social landscapes” of our City’s 3.9 million residents, its 99 neighborhood councils, and 114 distinct neighborhoods that are spread over 460 square miles.