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K-town: the trouble was the electeds



JM, Korean consulat, 1.23.08

My column this week at CityWatch is largely in response to Commissioner Helen Kim's contentions that multiple sources were selling me a line or two on the activities of the City of Los Angeles's Redistricting Commission.  I counter that there is far more on which we agree than disagree, that our disagreements were minimal, and that Mayor Villiaraigosa, Controller Greuel and City Council President Herb Wesson did the City a profound disservice by appointing identity-group partisan commissioners, assuring rancor throughout the proceedings and beyond them, rather than commissioners who could represent the interests of the entire city at all times.  Their shortsighted appointments have now brought us to the brink of a costly, contentious lawsuit that, successful or not, will only work to re-organize the City even more deeply along lines of tribe.