About LACCRC 2021

Vision and Values

Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission 2021 Purpose, Vision, Values, & Principles

Core Purpose

To independently draw proposed Los Angeles City Council District boundaries based on census data that will allocate constituents proportionately while also accounting for the unique histories, experiences and interests of communities, such that those interests will have the highest probability of being served by elected representatives and the City of Los Angeles.

Vision

To strengthen the governance of the City of Los A ngeles by empowering its communities to have their diverse needs served through fair and inclusive representation.

Core Values

Equity, Integrity, Transparency, Respect, Compassion, Dignity, Data-driven, Solution orientedand Interdependence

Operating Principles

  • We will adhere to City, state and federal laws governing redistricting and, to the extent feasible, keep neighborhoods & communities intact, utilize natural boundaries or street lines, and be geographically compact.
  • We will be intentional in creating and investing in opportunities to strengthen capacity and provide access for historically underrepresented communities to allow for full participation of their voices in the process.
  • We will strive to ensure the data utilized captures LA’s communities of interest.
  • We will center equity, compassion, respect and dignity of communities in decision-making.
  • We will value community rooted knowledge and different forms of information.
  • We will embrace creative and respectful tension to reach just decisions.
  • We will recognize interdependence to help strengthen the City of Los Angeles as a whole.
  • We will respect due process, fairness and adherence to the law in all our deliberations.
  • We will conduct our business with transparency and integrity, our processes will be open, and we will hold true to our purpose, vision, values and operating principles.
  • We will strive to equitably understand and acknowledge the different challenges and strengths of LA’s communities of interest.

Commission Members

Chair

  • Fred Ali

    Appointed by Council District 6

Vice Chairs

Commissioners

Hon. Carlos R. Moreno
Appointed by the City Attorney

Carlos R. Moreno spent a 25-year career serving at all levels of the State and federal judicial systems in California, including four years as a federal district court judge and ten years as a Justice on the California Supreme Court. Justice Moreno also served as U.S. Ambassador to Belize under appointment by President Barack Obama and is currently affiliated with JAMS, the nationally-recognized mediation and arbitration service.

Richard Polanco
Appointed by Council District 1

Richard Polanco is the former California Senate Majority Leader and Chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. First elected in 1986, Senator Polanco served sixteen years in the California Legislature, serving as Senate Majority Leader from 1998 to his retirement in 2002. Additionally, Senator Polanco established the California Latino Caucus Institute for Public Policy in 2002.

Dennis Cagna
Appointed by Council District 2

Dennis Cagna has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Housing and Healing. In that role he has been instrumental in advancing the organization’s mission of providing essential housing and supporting services to people living in poverty with HIV/AIDS or other health challenges. Mr. Cagna also serves as executive director of Ernst & Young in its consulting practice on large-scale project management and financial management services.

Richard Katz
Appointed by Council District 3

Richard Katz was elected to the California State Assembly in 1980, serving continuously for 16 years, and for a time as Minority Leader. Mr. Katz was instrumental in the creation of the County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and was California’s lead negotiator for the landmark Colorado River Agreement. Mr. Katz has additionally served as a City Planning Commissioner and Metro Board Member, among other roles.

Alexandra Suh
Appointed by Council District 4

Alexandra Suh has served as the executive director of Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance since 2011. She has over twenty years’ experience in social justice work and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Suh serves on the executive boards of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and of the National Immigration Law Center. She also serves on the City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board.

Rocky Delgadillo
Appointed by Council District 5

Rocky Delgadillo served as the City of Los Angeles City Attorney from 2002 to 2010. Winning the election in 2001, Mr. Delgadillo became the first Latino to win a citywide office in Los Angeles in more than 100 years. Prior to his election, Mr. Delgadillo served as Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles for Economic Development, where he attracted new jobs to emerging neighborhoods in the City. Mr. Delgadillo is currently a partner at DLA Piper.

Fred Ali
Appointed by Council District 6

Fred Ali served as President of the Weingart Foundation since 1999, an organization seeking to achieve inclusion and opportunity for all Southern Californians. Mr. Ali serves on the board of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and chairs the board of advisors for the University of Southern California’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy. Mr. Ali currently serves as a consultant and advisor to philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.

Michele Siqueiros
Appointed by Council District 6

Michele Siqueiros has served as President of The Campaign for College Opportunity since 2008. The Campaign has successfully secured millions of additional State dollars to expand student enrollment and improve student outcomes. Ms. Siqueiros also serves on the California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Taskforce.

Elizabeth Saldivar
Appointed by Council District 7

Elizabeth Saldivar serves as Director of External Affairs for Attorney General Xavier Becerra of the California Department of Justice. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Saldivar served as District Director for Mr. Becerra in his role as U.S. Representative and has held positions in the Offices of former City Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes, Richard Alatorre, and Mike Hernandez.

Valerie Lynne Shaw
Appointed by Council District 8

Valerie Lynne Shaw serves on the Board of Governors for the California Community College System, a role to which she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown. Ms. Shaw also served the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works in varying roles from 1996 to 2013, serving as the President, Vice President, and Commissioner.

Miguel Martinez
Appointed by Council District 9

Miguel Martinez serves as the Assistant Director of Government Relations at UCLA. Mr. Martinez has also served on the Government and Public Affairs Division at the California Student Aid Commission, and for the California State Assembly as a Legislative Aide, Field Representative, and District Director, Mr. Martinez is a long time resident of Council District 9.

Rev. Edward L. Anderson
Appointed by Council District 10

Reverend Edward L. Anderson has served as the Senior Pastor of McCarty Memorial Christian Church since 2015. Reverend Anderson also serves as Co-Chair of the California Poor People’s Campaign and Regional Organizer of L.A. Voice in South Los Angeles, in addition to a host of civic and community leadership and board membership positions.

Michele Prichard
Appointed by Council District 11

Michele Prichard currently serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Liberty Hill Foundation. She directs the organization’s Environmental Health & Justice program, which guides collaborative efforts to change public policy. Ms. Prichard was instrumental in designing and implementing a process to gather community input into the newly-adopted Los Angeles County Sustainability Program.

David Hyun
Appointed by Council District 12

David Hyun is a Principal at Red Hook Capital Partners with over 20 years of experience in corporate accounting, finance, and real estate. In addition to volunteering and serving on various non-profit organizations, Mr. Hyun currently serves as Board Treasurer for the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles.

Andrew Garsten
Appointed by Council District 13

Andrew Garsten has served as President of the Echo Park Improvement Association since 2008, and as a Steering Committee Member of the Citizen’s Committee to Save Elysian Park (Elysian Park Advisory Board). Mr. Garsten has been a continuous resident of Echo Park since 1983 and previously served on the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council from 2000-2008.

Sonja F. Diaz
Appointed by Council District 14

Sonja Diaz is a practicing civil rights attorney and policy advisor. As Founding Director of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Initiative, Diaz co-founded the first multi-issue policy think tank focused on Latinos in the University of California. Ms. Diaz previously served as policy counsel to Senator Kamala D. Harris during her first and second terms as California’s attorney general.

Nam Le
Appointed by Council District 15

Nam Le has served as the Political Director of the UFCW Local 770 since 2011, where he leads the day-to-day political operations for the organization’s 32,000 members. Mr. Le served as campaign manager for two landmark affordable housing bills: Los Angeles County Measure H (2017) and City of Los Angeles Proposition HHH (2016), both of which passed with a large majority of the vote.

Elissa Barrett
Appointed by the City Controller

Elissa Barrett is a public interest attorney and Executive Director of the Western Justice Center, a conflict resolution education organization. She co-founded Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and has served in a variety of capacities at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she specialized in housing rights and created the Holocaust Survivors Justice Network and the California Consumer Justice Coalition. Ms. Barrett is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Cecilia Cabello
Appointed by the Office of the Mayor

Cecilia Cabello is a veteran political and government relations expert, most recently serving as Senior Advisor to the Yes on Proposition 16 campaign, and as California State Director for Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign. Ms. Cabello has also served as Vice President of the Board of Public Works and as Chief of Staff for City Controller Ron Galperin.

Maria Brenes
Appointed by the Office of the Mayor
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Maria Brenes is the Executive Director of InnerCity Struggle, where she has spearheaded an expansion of the influence of students and community residents in decision-making about Los Angeles’ public schools, mobilizing thousands of Latinx parents and students in the Eastside of Los Angeles.

Charisse Bremond Weaver
Appointed by the Office of the Mayor

Charisse Bremond Weaver is President and CEO of the Brotherhood Crusade, a grassroots organization with a vision of improving quality of life and meeting the unmet needs of individuals in South Los Angeles. The organization was founded by Charisse’s late father Walter Bremond in 1968.

Committees

Outreach Committee

  • The Commission’s committee on outreach will seek community input and testimony from stakeholders on how new districts should be designed and constituted. The Committee will attempt to attract a diverse group of stakeholders from each Council District for input, and target outreach to communities whose input is lacking. The Committee will engage with Neighborhood Councils, community organizations and local leaders, and use existing and new media platforms, to reach stakeholders. The Committee will also be committed to keeping stakeholders informed of developments and scheduled public hearings, and create a digital database to accept public testimony.
  • Members:
  • David Hyun, Chair
  • Rev. Edward L. Anderson
  • Charisse Bremond Weaver
  • Maria Brenes
  • Rocky Delgadillo
  • Andrew Garsten
  • Nam Le
  • Michele Prichard
  • Liz Saldivar
  • Alexandra Suh
Mapping & Data Committee
  • The Commission’s committee on data and mapping will assess available population and demographic information from the Census Bureau, as well as solicit and assess data from third-party groups. As the Commission will be providing free and simple access to appropriate mapping software to all stakeholders, the Committee will be responsible for assessing proposed map boundaries based on their relevance to available data. The Committee will also assess issues of polarization within communities and their effects on the Redistricting process.
  • Members:
  • Michele Siqueiros, Chair
  • Elissa Barrett
  • Cecilia Cabello
  • Denis Cagna
  • Sonja Diaz
  • David Hyun
  • Richard Katz
  • Carlos Moreno
  • Richard Polanco
  • Valerie Lynne Shaw

Commission Staff

  • Frank Cárdenas

    Executive Director

    Mr. Cardenas has a long record of public service that includes serving as a commissioner of the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works Commissioner, Chief of Staff and Executive Officer for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and served as the Executive Director of the 2001-2002 Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission. He currently serves on the California Fair Political Practices Commission as an appointee of then-Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Career wise, Mr. Cardenas has a private law firm that focuses in the areas of business, administrative, and public law. He is also an educator at Cal State University, Los Angeles where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses for the College of Business and Economics. Mr. Cardenas received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Southern California.

  • Rafael Gonzalez

    Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

    Rafael is a proven and inclusive leader, manager and advocate driven by his core values of justice, collaboration, accountability, balance, respect, trust and innovation. Over the years, he has worked and organized in the nonprofit, government, service and philanthropic fields. This multisector experience has gifted him the skill to develop and maintain relationships with individuals from diverse disciplines and backgrounds for purposes of realizing common objectives, social impact, equity and community/systems change. Rafael previously served as Director of Community Relations for First 5 LA; Director of Community Relations for the Los Angeles Dodgers; Chief Service Officer and Director of Neighborhood & Community Services for City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Executive Director of Collective SPACE; Founder and Executive Director of Public Allies – Los Angeles; Director of Civic Education & U.S. Citizenship Project Director at the National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund; Affirmative Action Campaign Coordinator at the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF); Campaign Field Director at Coalition LA & Senior Field Deputy for LA Councilmember Mike Hernandez. Rafael was born and raised in the downtown area of Los Angeles. He graduated from Cal State University at Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano Studies and received his Master’s Degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy.

  • Robert Battles

    Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

    Rob grew up in South Central Los Angeles. For over 10 years, he has been a consultant for various agencies, nonprofit institutions, and community-based organizations on work ranging from civic engagement to communications campaigns. He is committed to building the capacity of teams from organizations that are providing phenomenal services to youth and families. As a former community organizer and active community leader, Rob strives to connect his skills and services with social efforts that promote community and systems change. He prides himself on being able to enhance community engagement efforts by tailoring communications strategies around the voices of the people most impacted. As a father and activist, Rob approaches his work with integrity and intentionality and always uplifts communities of color and challenging systems of oppression.