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Redistricting gives Latinos in East Valley a new opportunity

August 01, 2011|The Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington —

From his perch behind the counter at a storefront taqueria in Van Nuys, Isaac Perla has a ground-level view of the neighborhood. He looks out on streets lined with fruit vendors, stores selling elaborate quinceañera gowns, and billboards that are mostly in Spanish.

Like much of the east San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys is home to an increasing number of Latinos. And yet voters in the region have never sent a Latino representative to Congress, in part because the area is split into two congressional districts.

But change is afoot.  L.A. TIMES

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