With all of Hollywood to divide them, I’ve always wondered how Tom LaBonge manages to represent both Los Feliz and a good chunk of Miracle Mile. I finally decided to hunt down a map of the City Council Districts and I thought I’d share a couple of links that people might find useful. This is obviously pretty basic stuff, but if you’ve never bothered to check out “The Official Web Site of the City of Los Angeles”, you may not have ever seen it. First, here’s a list of all the Councilmembers by District. And, if you’re not sure what District you’re in, here’s a map of the District boundaries (PDF). Bizarrely, there are no street names on the boundary map, but each Councilmember’s info has a link to a map of their District. Between the two you should be able to figure out who’s feifdom you’re occupying. Like I said, pretty basic stuff, but if you’ve never bothered to look it’s worth a few moments.
And now that we’ve all had a look at the District boundaries, can somebody tell me what the hell is up with these gerrymandered District demarcations? As I already pointed out, LaBonge’s District 4 looks like it’s done a pretty good job of skirting around the less affluent parts of the Hollywood area. And Jos√© Huizar’s District 14 has an almost inappropriate-looking appendage jammed up inside Jan Perry’s District 9. Anybody care to share insight on how District boundaries are determined? Is a population balance thing or is there something more sinister that I should know about?
UPDATE: The ever-knowledgeable LA City Nerd kindly chimes in with the relevant section of the City Charter.