Parks urges community to demand mayor veto redistricting

Bernard Parks open letter to the community:

imageDear Constituent,

The Price is Wrong, Curren!

One of the things that flew under the radar during the redistricting debate in City Council on March 16, 2012 was the testimony of one Senator Curren Price.

During public comment, there Price stood fresh off of a flight from Sacramento: Home of the Backroom Deal and, not coincidentally, where many of my council colleagues got their start.

For those of you who don’t know Curren (and that’s probably most of you), he’s the State Senator of the 26th District and probably best known for his ability and, dare I say talent, to remain solidly grounded on both sides of any issue. I’ve been in city government almost 50 years, and that’s a pretty hard one to pull off.

Well, anyway, Good ol’ Curren started his speech by calling the proposed maps “reasonable” for which he promptly earned a chorus of boos from our community, which ironically, may have been the first thing Curren has earned in years.

Then, he stated that it was “appropriate” for the map drawers to add my residence as well as a shopping center, Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza, into the Eighth District. Now keep in mind, before the maps were drawn, my residence and Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza were already in the Eighth District. Why they were taken out, is anyone’s guess.

Nonetheless, CD8 residents should give kudos to Curren for “having our back”… and then stabbing it!

Thank you, Curren for ascending down from the ivory towers of Sacramento and deeming it “appropriate” for one of the poorest districts in the city to have a shopping center it already had. One can only wonder if Curren thinks it appropriate that the neighboring shopping center, Marlton Square, was snatched out of the district while it is being developed.

But, don’t worry, South L.A. Curren will always have Sacramento, if not much else.

The redistricting process is crucial to the future of our community. The process has brought unrest, controversy and confusion, and we need your continued support to make sure these unfair maps do not get passed.

This proposal is now in its third and final phase, before becoming law. It is now up to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to either sign – thus approving – this plan to dismantle South LA or stand up for what is right, and veto it.

Take Action!

I urge you to call, write or email Mayor Villaraigosa and demand he veto this proposal!

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa:
200 N. Spring St.
Room 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012


[email protected]

I will continue to stand with you and stand with my colleague, Councilmember Jan Perry, and fight this grave injustice with every tool at my disposal. If the Mayor approves this plan, we are prepared to file a lawsuit, challenging the legality of the new districts, due to violations of the United States Constitution, the Federal Voting Rights Act, and the City Charter.

Make sure you stay up to date with all the latest developments on my webpage or twitter @BernardCParks and on Facebook at and
Thank you for your continued interest in the Great Eighth!



Bernard C. Parks invites you to be heard

imageThe long and complex process to redistrict LA will take one more step forward today when it releases its first draft map of the new districts.

Created in 2000 to break the cycle of corruption and special interests when maps were drawn by the LA City Council, a Citizen’s Commission has been hosting meetings to gather public comments on what this decade’s districts should look like. After a meeting held in the Eighth District had one of the largest turnouts in the city, the message was clear that most in that district liked it the way it was and wanted no changes.

In an email blast sent from his office, councilmember Bernard C. Parks has extended another request to the public to speak up and be heard. When the map is unveiled this afternoon (watch for it here), he wants you to be there to talk to the Commission about it.He has arranged to have the meeting held in Van Nuys live-streamed to a chamber at Los Angeles City Hall, which will be open for the public to watch and speak to the Commission.

The Commission’s meeting will be held today 4:00 pm at:

Van Nuys City Hall
14410 Sylvan Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401

The live video feed will be held the same time at:

Los Angeles City Hall
John Ferraro Council Chamber
200 N. Spring Street.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you’re unable to attend either the live meeting or the live video meeting, Parks urges you to get involved in other ways. There’s a Facebook page for the event, you can tweet your comments to @BernardCParks, or send an email to [email protected].