The next remap of California’s political lines is more than four years away, but some legal fights already have begun. Monday, Los Angeles County asked a judge to block a 2016 California law putting a new commission in charge of redrawing county supervisors’ districts after the 2020 census, contending in a lawsuit that the constitution does not allow a “state-imposed experiment in redistricting by partisan, unaccountable and randomly selected commissioners.”
The suit targets last year’s Senate Bill 958 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. The bill, passed along party lines on the second-to-last-day of session, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown without comment.
Instead of a political remap overseen by county supervisors, last year’s law creates a 14-member Los Angeles County Citizens Redistricting Commission. The panel’s makeup will reflect the number of voters registered with a political party in the county but, unlike the statewide redistricting panel created by voters to redraw legislative and congressional districts, it excludes voters with no-party preference.