Senator Lara Statement in Response to Los Angeles County Lawsuit Over Citizens Redistricting Law

February 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) today released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging Senate Bill 958, which he authored and was signed into law in 2016. SB958 established the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of Los Angeles:

“It took a voting rights lawsuit to create the first Latino-majority district on the board more than 20 years ago.

“It’s surprising that today this board would go to court to oppose a law that recognizes Los Angeles’s diversity and promotes transparency in a county whose population is larger than that of 40 states.

“If the citizens redistricting commission is good enough for the state Legislature and Congress it should be good enough for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.”