In a move that has Toluca Lake community organizations shaking their heads in disbelief, the Los Angeles Redistricting Commission has proposed moving Toluca Lake away from Council District Four, represented by Councilmember Tom LaBonge, to a newly configured Council District Two. Under the plan the new Councilmember for Toluca Lake would be Paul Krekorian.
As part of the ten-year redistricting process, leaders from the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Toluca Lake Homeowner’s Association, and the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council jointly appeared before the Redistricting Commission and asked that they not change Toluca Lake’s Council District. The Toluca Lake leaders appeared after they learned of a proposal from another community that urged the Commission to move Toluca Lake to Council District Two.
“We wanted the Commission to know in no uncertain terms that Toluca Lake had no part in any map that would move us away from Council District Four, and that every community organization in Toluca Lake has voted unanimously to remain in CD4 and represented by Tom LaBonge,” says Toluca Lake Chamber President Steve Hampar. “We presented a number of compelling reasons to the Commission to support our request. We made it absolutely clear that Toluca Lake does not want to change Council Districts, but they apparently weren’t listening. We have been well served by CD4 and our interests will be best served in the future by remaining in that District. We don’t want other communities choosing our destiny for us.”
“It’s important that the community of Toluca Lake make their voices heard loud and clear about who will represent them at City Hall. There is one last opportunity for people to speak out against the change at an upcoming Commission hearing at Walter Reed Middle School. If we remain silent the Commission will assume we agree with the proposed change,” said Toluca Lake Homeowner’s Association President Peter Hartz.
The Los Angeles Redistricting Commission, appointment by Mayor Villaraigosa, is hosting one final series of public hearings for public comment on the proposed new District maps. The closest hearing will be on Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Walter Reed Middle School located at 4525 Irvine Avenue in North Hollywood. The public is invited to speak about the proposed new District map at that time.