John Loza

While the Texas Legislature is handling redistricting of state and federal legislative districts, a local committee will make recommendations for the City Council map.

That committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Resource Center Dallas. Openly gay former Mayor Pro Tem John Loza is a member the committee.

The main topic of discussion will be Districts 2 and 14. Loza said one proposal will split Oak Lawn from East Dallas. Each would have its own seat. The objection to that would be the loss of a Hispanic seat. District 2, currently represented by Pauline Medrano, has been a Hispanic seat since its creation when the city was divided into 14 districts for the 1993 election. Before Medrano, the seat was held by Loza and Chris Luna.

Loza said the meeting is open to the public and is a good way to learn about and have input in the city redistricting process.