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The wrong way to expand the Board of Supervisors
The wrong way to expand the Board of Supervisors

The five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is far too small to represent the county's 10 million people, a point to which this page has returned repeatedly. In years past, courts have struck down the board's district lines for having been drawn to deprive Latinos of their constitutionally protected power to select representatives. Even now, under the redrawn lines, a credible argument could be made that Latinos are underrepresented, with voting power in proportion to their numbers so diluted that their influence is felt in only one district, rather than two or more. State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) has written, and both houses of the Legislature have passed, a...

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