L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council, court ruling, redistricting challenge: "Federal judge rejects challenge to L.A. council's 2012 redistricting" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Federal judge rejects challenge to L.A. council's 2012 redistricting" - From the LAT:
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a three-year-old legal challenge to the boundaries drawn for Los Angeles' 15 City Council districts, saying she found no evidence that race was the predominant factor in creating the new maps. U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall said lawyers for the city provided "undisputed evidence" that the boundaries approved by the council achieved "traditional non-racial redistricting” goals, such as keeping distinct communities and neighborhood councils in the same district.
The ruling delivered a major victory to council President Herb Wesson, who presided over the once-a-decade redistricting process and is now seeking a third term in Tuesday's election. The decision also dealt a blow to a group of Koreatown residents who argued that the map-making process diluted the neighborhood's voting power and unlawfully divided it into multiple districts.
Foes of the 2012 redistricting vote maintained that . . . . . . . .
In her decision, Marshall described . . . . . . . .
The council's redistricting process produced grievances that continue to reverberate today. In South Los Angeles . . . . Meanwhile, candidates running to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge in Tuesday's election say . . . . . . . .
Koreatown activist Grace Yoo, who testified against the boundaries in 2012 and is now running to unseat Wesson, said she was "extremely disappointed" with the judge's decision .................