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    Indeed KoreaTown Activists, Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson is a Disgrace to the Office! I'm U.S. born, Black, and Herb Wesson et al Had my Mom Arrested and Jailed for Petitioning her Elected Official for Redress in my Behalf!

     

    Koreatown residents sue L.A. over redistricting, Plaintiffs say the district of council President Herb Wesson, which includes much of the neighborhood, was redrawn primarily to increase its percentage of black voters.

    by David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2012

    A group of Koreatown residents moved their redistricting battle to federal court Tuesday, accusing Los Angeles officials of illegally using race as the predominant factor to redraw City Council President Herb Wesson's district.

    Weeks after new council district maps went into effect, five plaintiffs filed a lawsuit asserting that city leaders reworked political boundaries with the "explicit purpose" of increasing the percentage of African American voters in Wesson's district.

    Wesson, who is black, represents all or part of Koreatown, West Adams, Mid-City, the Crenshaw Boulevard corridor and other nearby neighborhoods. Plaintiffs, all residents of his district, contend that the new boundaries sap Koreatown's political clout and discriminate against its residents.

    "The city has diluted and negatively impacted the voting power of Koreatown residents by unnecessarily, unlawfully and unconstitutionally dividing their community into two separate districts," the lawsuit states.

    The residents' lawyer, Hyongsoon Kim, said he wants a federal judge to bar the city from using the new districts in the March election. The lawsuit also calls for a court-supervised special master to redraw the lines.

    Lawyers for the city had no comment.

    The lawsuit comes about six months after activists demanded that Koreatown be moved from Wesson's district into one represented by Councilman Eric Garcetti. They argued that combining Koreatown with other parts of Garcetti's district —- Thai Town and Historic Filipinotown — would improve the chances of electing an Asian American candidate.

    Villaraigosa and council members rejected those demands. After the maps were finalized, Matt Szabo, a top Villaraigosa deputy who handled redistricting, entered the campaign for Garcetti's council seat in the March election. (Garcetti is running for mayor.)

    Tuesday's lawsuit marks the latest clash in an especially nasty once-a-decade redistricting process. Council members Jan Perry and Bernard C. Parks have accused Wesson of orchestrating changes that stripped their districts of economic assets. Wesson responded that he was only one of 15 council members.

    Koreatown activists also attacked Wesson, accusing him of treating their neighborhood as "an ATM" — pulling out campaign contributions but failing to improve services.

    Wesson dismissed the allegations, saying he had focused on bringing business and public improvements to the area. The issue resurfaced Tuesday, with the lawsuit's plaintiffs alleging that Koreatown lacks park space, community centers, senior housing and other services. The suit also claims the neighborhood lacks the "voting power or ability to ensure that the City Council responds to Koreatown's needs."

    Wesson had no comment, a spokesman said. But earlier this month, the council president spoke at length about his effort to ensure that African Americans retain representation on the council.

    Appearing before an audience at the Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles, Wesson said he worked hard during the redistricting process to ensure that "a minimum of two of the council people will be black for the next 30 years."

    "The most important asset that we have as people is to make sure we have a black vote or two on that council," Wesson said in the taped remarks. "And that was my priority."

    Asked about those comments, Kim, the attorney for the Koreatown residents, said: "I think he's making our case for us."

    david.zahniser@latimes.com

    Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times

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    Web Sources:

    http://www.ceyseauinc.com/
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-936676

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-787104

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-796738

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-802037

    Elected Black Leaders, such as Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson, etc., etc., are Clueless as to the Essence of What it Means to be an Elected Official!

    I'm an American and not African-American.

    http://www.wvculture.org/history/histamne/lofton.html

    Multiple generations of my family and relatives are U.S. citizens by birthright and not migrants from Africa who later became American citizens, i.e. true African-Americans.

    My Dad, Leon E. Lofton, Jr., who passed in 2003, is a disabled combat infantry purple heart recipient and honorably discharged draftee "Buffalo Soldier" of WWII.

    I'm U.S. born, black, and as a thirty-year property taxpaying resident of the 10th Los Angeles City Council District, I know for a fact that 10th District Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson does not serve me, or anyone else affiliated with me.

    Should a law abiding citizen petition Councilman Herb Wesson for redress of a serious government atrocity, Herb Wesson et al will have you arrested and jailed.

    With good reason I agree with the KoreaTown Activists, in that Councilman Herb Wesson is a disgrace to the office.

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    "My Pappi Said Your Going To Drive Me To Drinkn' If You Don't Stop Driving That Hot Rod Lincoln! Vote him out of LA!" by TheVideoMan

    Well TheVideoMan, since you state that you've been a resident of this area since 2008, some of this information must not be a new revelation!

    Be it through votes, or major demograhic changes that are in the place, Councilman Herb "Sleasy" Wesson and other misfits who are a disgrace to the office will be removed from political office.

    Fact being there are not enough black voters in California, Los Angeles County, the Cities of Compton, Lynwood, Los Angeles, etc., etc., now to promote a black elected official to hold any elected office position.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3glyPv-XM

    "A conversation between President Obama and the black community" Published on Jun 7, 2012 by drboycewatkins

    Typically disgraceful elected black leaders, including Al Green singing delegating his duty to serve law abiding blacks to Reverend Al Sharpton no good President Barack "the Magic Negro" Obama will do more to serve undocument illegal aliens, criminals, and misfits than serving law abiding U.S. citizens and legal immigrants, U.S. born blacks being included in this set of citizens not being served.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-182700

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-287435

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-821403

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-823287

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-217638

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-kingdrewpulitzer-sg,0,7639559.storygallery

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZRJCs34g0k

    YouTube: "Demon-crats, & their Negro slaves" published on Jul 4, 2012 by 5723michael

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLGTw_1PpaU

    YouTube: "Diane Watson - Race Baiting Political Whore"Uploaded by TheWatchdog on Jun 6, 2006

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-803323

    Honestly speaking, the black community can't say it never had a chance. A disgraceful set of elected black leaders such as Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, Walter Tucker, Herb Wesson, Nate Holden, Dave Cunningham, Bernard Parks, Jan Perry, Mark Ridley Thomas, Yvonne "Brentwood" Burke, Louis Byrd, Rodrick Wright, Killer/Butcher King Hospital, etc., etc., etc., missed the many opportunities presented to step up to the plate to uphold his or her opportunity to competently serve especially law abiding U.S. born descendants of slavery egregiously violated by government, as mandated by law and sworn under oath.

     

     



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