State attorney general to investigate LA redistricting

California Attorney. Gen. Rob Bonta said Wednesday his office would investigate the Los Angeles redistricting process that took place last fall.

The announcement comes days after The Times published a recording in which council member Nury Martinez is heard making racist remarks while chatting with fellow council members Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo and union leader Ron Herrera about how city council district boundaries should be redrawn. This conversation focused on how the group could maintain Latino political power and help Latinos in the city.

“We will work hard to get to the bottom of the truth and it is clear that an investigation is absolutely necessary to help restore confidence in the redistricting process for the people of LA,” Bonta said Wednesday at a press conference at the downtown LA.

“We are gathering the facts and we will carry out our investigation and when it is complete and thorough and complete and complete, we will have something to share about the liability that there may be, whether civil or criminal,” Bonta said. , a former state assemblyman who was named attorney general last year.

Bonta said his office reviewed the information — which he did not detail — and the law “to determine whether we believe we have a good faith basis to launch an investigation.”

“And having gone through this process and completed this process – it wasn’t over yesterday, but it’s over now – we believe we have a basis … for an investigation,” Bonta said.

Calls for resignations and reforms to the government structure reverberated throughout Los Angeles after audio leaks surfaced.

Martinez, who called a black child a “changuito”, or little monkey, and in Oaxaca as “little little black people” in the record, resigned as president of the city council and took a leave of absence from the body. Herrera, the head of the LA County Federation of Labor, also resigned.

Bonta condemned their comments, calling them racist and saying they had no place in California.

“They were offensive and they were deeply painful, deeply hurtful to many communities,” he said. “The redistricting process is fundamental to our democracy and to the ability of our communities to have their voices heard, and it must be above reproach.”

The redistricting process usually involves open discussions about race and population numbers, but the controversial and racist comments heard in the audio have been condemned across the country.

Bonta is seeking to retain his seat in the Nov. 8 election and faces Republican Nathan Hochman, a former deputy U.S. attorney general.

Los Angeles Times

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