Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The City of Los Angeles Redistricting Process Is NOT OVER
By MARC HAEFELE
That’s what the press release for the Korean American Coalition (KAC) and a “broad based coalition of Korean American, Asian American, African American and Latino community and business leaders”
They plan to join the Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council (WCKNC) residents and stakeholders as they convene at City Hall today for a final plea to the City Council to reconsider the current Redistricting Proposal as submitted by the city Redistricting Commission on February 29.
That’s the proposal that put a lot more of Los Angeles’ downtown in the 14th District of Jose Huizar. And somewhat less in the Ninth District of Jan Perry, inheritor, more or less, of the downtown former empire of late “Little Giant” First District imperator Gilbert Lindsay.
This would be a major change to the order of things at City Hall. A very long time ago, like 50 years or so, the council district was in the hands of the late Ed Roybal, who ended his political years as a much respected congressman—and role model for subsequent generations of Latino elected leadership. The latest proposal would revert key parts of that area from African American Perry’s to Huizar’s Latino—majority district.
But the KAC led group seems to include some new ethnic partisans, leaders from the Korean, Asian, African -American and Latino communities. The statement reads:
“Prior to March 7, KAC along with Korean American voters, residents and leaders will try to schedule and meet with individual Council offices for their support and counsel. On the morning of March 7, the group will address the City Council during the regularly scheduled Wednesday City Council meeting public hearing section (around 10:15 am), then move across the street to City Hall EAST for a PRESS CONFERENCE at 11:15 am.”
Where, they say, they will talk about a potential legal challenge to the city’s entrenched plan of redistricting.
City redistricting hasn't been this interesting for quite some time.
•Today (March 7) the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Emplyoment Law Section hosts its “32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Symposium.” Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.for the all-day event which includes panels and seminars on the various new aspects of this practice. The keynote address will be by ethics expert Larry Cohen, Whose “Ethics at the Movies” will illustrate, with clips, how screen lawyers have fallen short lately in the legal ethical arena. Downtown Millenium Biltmore (506 S. Grand Ave.). 8.5 total hours of MCLE are available. For more information, call (213) 896-6560
•Tuesday (March 13) the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Project holds its “LACBA Domestic Violence Training” session commences.. Three hours of MCLE are offered to attorneys who attend. There will then be two three hour sessions per month for six months. The Domestic Violence Project operates from two superior court locations. This evening’s session begins at 6 p.m. The location is the Los Angeles County Bar Assocation. 1055 W. 7th St., 27th Floor, Los Angeles CA 90017. For more information, call (213) 896-6560.
Roughly speaking, the coming March 17 is the 1519th anniversary of demise of the man we now know as St. Patrick. Few certain things are known about the saint, apart from the fact that he was originally an Englishman and that he seems to have helped make Ireland a more lawful, as well as Christian, place. The Pasadena Bar Association’s Minors At Risk Caucus (MARC) is hosting its Happy St. Patrick’s Day event a bit early, on Wednesday the 14th of March. The topic of the evening event will be “Children’s Issues; Family to Dependency and Beyond.” Los Angeles Superior Court judges Harvey Silverman and Amy Pellman are expected to speak. It’s at Pasadena’s Noor Restaurant at 260 E. Colorado Boulevard at 6 PM. RSVP at www.marcpasadena.org. Reservations are a must. 2 hours of MCLE are offered.
•If you happen to be an Equestrian Esquire and like to plan ahead, you might consider joining the Los Angeles Cowboy Lawyers Association’s latest far-flung March 23-25 horseback trail-riding outing some 220 miles north of Los Angeles at San Luis Obispo County’s spectacular 12-square-mile shoreline recreation area known as Montana de Oro. Camping in the area under the stars, or at nearby motels. Horses may be rented. Event kicks off evening of March 22. “Bring your own water buckets; plant to muck out your own corrals.” Cost is $225 each.
Reserve by March 15, For more information call Lisa Siderman at (213) 324-2304.
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