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Residents ask commission to end gerrymandering of local districts

May 16, 2011|By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com

“You are charged with the daunting task of undoing many, many years of terribly selfish gerrymandering,” he said. “It doesn’t take much to realize that somebody fooled around a lot with that district.”

Mary Barrie, an open space advocate from La Cañada, told the commission that foothill communities from La Crescenta to Claremont have a lot in common.

“We share the geography and the beauty of the San Gabriels. We also share the trials and the tribulations of those mountains, the fires and the mudslides and all that,” she said.

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Burbank City Councilman Dave Golonski asked that Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena stay together in one congressional distinct, as they are now with the exception that part of Burbank is in the district of Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks).

The three cities, Golonski said, “work together on the airport. We have joint helicopter operations. We all own our own utilities. We are all independent cities,” Golonski said. “We don’t really see ourselves as part of Los Angeles. As a matter of fact, we fairly fiercely defend our independence from that.”

Several education officials emphasized cooperative efforts among the school districts in the tri-city area.

“Even though Burbank is often looked at as part of the San Fernando Valley and Pasadena is part of the San Gabriel Valley, that bridge of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena is really a core area,” said Ed Honowitz, a board member of the Pasadena Unified School District.

Mary Hubbard, a community activist from Calabasas, told the commission that Burbank and Glendale should not share a district with most of the rest of the San Fernando Valley.

“Those communities belong with Pasadena, and we have very little in common with them, except they have the Ikea, so we have to go there a couple of times a year.”

The commission is expected to release a final map in August.
 
 

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