LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, released the following statement on the newly approved supervisorial district boundaries:
“As you’re aware, state, and local governments across our nation are undergoing redistricting. Redistricting is the process of redrawing the political boundaries for elective offices after the U.S. Census. Every ten years, after the federal census, district boundaries for federal, state, and local elected offices are redrawn to reflect new population data.
In September 2016, California Senate Bill 958 was signed into law. Under this law, Los Angeles County was required to create a 14-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC). The primary responsibility of the CRC was to use the 2020 Census data to independently create and adopt a redistricting plan that includes a final redistricting map adjusting the boundary lines for the five County Supervisorial Districts. The CRC was also required to issue, with the redistricting plan, a report explaining its decisions to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by December 15, 2021. You can find this report here. The Board of Supervisors played no role in this entire process.
The CRC finalized and adopted the new map this week and, as of yesterday, the new districts have officially gone into effect. And as outlined in the maps, Claremont, Pico Rivera, and the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) region, including Commerce, will no longer be part of the First District – but these communities will forever be important to me.
Over the past seven years, as County Supervisor of the First District, I’ve had the honor of connecting with a constituency that has experienced decades of underinvestment in an effort to drive regional, systemic changes and close the equity gaps that have hurt SELA unjustly for so long. From opening a district office in Huntington Park my first year in office to ensure access to the County’s critical safety-net programs, to opening the Bell Health Center, to introducing a recent motion to build a future SELA Cultural Center, to fighting alongside various community members against the environmental injustices plaguing the region – Exide Technologies, the I-710, Central Metal, and the Delta Airlines Fuel Dump – to reigniting the SELA Collaborative and engaging philanthropic partners to invest in nonprofit capacity building and civic engagement, and ensuring that families had equitable access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, as well as sustenance, rent relief, and other programs launched by the County throughout the past 22 months of this unprecedented pandemic, it has been the privilege of a lifetime to represent these communities. I’m truly grateful and humbled for the various initiatives we collectively created, driven by community, and I know the momentum around this work will only continue – it must.
I look forward to serving the new iteration of the First District, which now includes Alhambra, Covina, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, San Gabriel, and Rowland Heights – communities in the San Gabriel Valley with a growing AAPI population and many whom I had the honor of representing as a State legislator and Member of Congress – as well as the Eastside and Northeast LA. The fact that the First District will have one of the largest populations of unincorporated residents underscores our continuing need to allocate resources based on equity in the County. That is my expectation of our County departments – to prioritize services and resources for those who most rely on our direct governance; from public safety, public works, and economic development, amongst many other social services.
If you have any questions on how this change affects you, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Residents and partner cities should be confident that there will be no interruption of projects and services – I am committed to ensuring that a smooth transition takes place and that equity remains the through line.
Angelenos can use this map to find their district: lacounty.gov/redistricting.”