Los Angeles—City Attorney Mike Feuer today named distinguished former California Supreme Court Justice and previous Ambassador to Belize Carlos R. Moreno as his appointment to the Los Angeles Redistricting Commission. Feuer also announced the first-ever model principles for drawing City Council districts in a fairer, more accountable way.
"The people of Los Angeles are extremely fortunate that Justice Moreno has agreed to serve on the City’s Redistricting Commission," said Feuer. "Justice Moreno will be fair and open-minded in drawing these important district lines, putting the people’s interests first. The principles we set forth today will help ensure that the districts drawn are representative and accountable. Today I call on each of my fellow elected officials to ask their appointees to pledge to follow criteria like these."
"I'm honored to serve on the Los Angeles Redistricting Commission," said Moreno. "Fair and equal representation in our City Council is essential - this all starts with the fair and non-partisan distribution of our population into council districts which share a community of interests - geographically, socially, and economically. Properly drawn district lines insure that all voices will be heard and represented in our city government."
For over twenty-five years Justice Moreno served at all levels of the state and federal judicial systems in California, including four years as a federal district court judge and ten years as a justice on the California Supreme Court. Justice Moreno also served as U.S. Ambassador to Belize under appointment by President Barack Obama and is currently affiliated with JAMS, the nationally-recognized mediation and arbitration service. Moreno also served as a member of City Attorney Feuer’s influential Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety in 2018.
The principles Feuer presented are based on criteria adopted by the groundbreaking California Citizens Redistricting Commission, as well as those included in the City Charter:
Districts shall comply with the United States Constitution and achieve population equality as nearly as practicable.
Districts shall comply with the Voting Rights Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1971 and following).
The geographic integrity of neighborhood council boundaries or local communities of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes their division to the extent possible without violating any of the preceding provisions. A community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples of such shared interests area those with like economic interests--i.e., manufacturing or industrial areas or entertainment districts--and those interests common to areas in which people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media or communication relevant to the election process. Communities of interest shall not include relationships with political parties, incumbents or political candidates.
To the extent practicable, and when this does not conflict with the criteria above, districts shall be drawn to encourage geographical compactness such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for more distant populations.
The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the creation of a map. Districts shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate or political party.
The 21-member Los Angeles Redistricting Commission is responsible for drawing the district maps for each of the City’s 15 Council Districts and the LAUSD’s seven districts.
Los Angeles Charter, Section 204: Election of City Council Members; Redistricting.
Los Angeles Charter, Section 802: Board of Education Redistricting