Throughout history, manmade creations have defined political boundaries: the Great Wall of China, Hadrian’s Wall, the Maginot Line and…the Hollywood Freeway.
Running diagonally through the East Valley, the Hollywood Freeway forms a natural boundary between Valley Village and North Hollywood. North Hollywood Park to the east of the freeway provides further depth and definition.
So why would the redistricting committee cut a sliver of Valley Village off and move it into the same Congressional District as the communities north and east of the freeway?
My guess is the zip code. The slice in question appears to be the 91601 portion of Valley Village. The redistricting committee does not know the Valley well enough to realize zip codes have little to do with natural community boundaries.
In the map below, Valley Village is represented by the shaded pink and yellow areas. The yellow section represents the portion slated for assignment to the district east of the 170.
If you live in Valley Village, please send an e-mail to the Commission via the following link: http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html
Strongly state you oppose the boundary along Colfax Avenue and want it moved to the 170.