Congresswoman Richardson Expresses Dismay Over Proposed Redistricting

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Congresswoman Laura Richardson

Congresswoman Laura Richardson released the following statement Monday regarding the redistricting of California’s Congressional Districts and her intention to seek another term representing the cities the California Congressional Redistricting Commission (CRC) has designated of Carson, Compton, Florence Grahram, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Wilmington and Willowbrook in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“Over the past two weeks, by unanimous votes, the CRC has repeatedly released Congressional District visualization maps, which would split the City of Long Beach between two counties (Los Angeles and Orange).   The proposed maps also split the City of Carson and dividing the region’s well-established, decades old Cambodian, Filipino, Samoan, African American and other communities, which is inconsistent with the citizens’ recorded testimony, and create a legally questionable majority Latino, Section II Voting Rights Act District.

“Since approximately over 65% of the current 37th Congressional District lies within the Communities of Carson, Compton, North Long Beach, and Wilmington, which I have represented on the local, state and federal levels over the past decade, having lived in San Pedro in the 1990s and growing up near Florence Graham, South Gate, Lynwood and Walnut Park, I look forward to continuing to work hard for these communities and expanding on the constituent service and legislative work I have provided in my last two and a half terms in Congress.

“As the CRC concludes its final ‘tweaking’ this coming Friday, opens the process for the CRC’s final comment period and the expected legal challenges are presented, I reserve the ability, if there are significant unanticipated adjustments, to revisit my intentions.  Despite bringing the main District Office back to Long Beach and opening satellite offices in Carson, Compton and Signal Hill that have facilitated increased services and helped over 1,000 constituents break through government bureaucratic red tape and having delivering millions of dollars in much needed resources, I, like many of my colleagues, remain hopeful in district maps that meet the intentions of Propositions 20 and 11.”

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