The Los Angeles City Redistricting Commission is expected to release its first draft map of the proposed new Los Angeles City Council district lines on Tuesday, and will follow up with a series of public hearings to solicit comments beginning next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Redrawing Council lines is a process that is required every 10 years, and is designed to make sure that each district is fairly represented in terms of population and resources.

The process is similar to that just completed on a statewide basis, and L.A. expects to adopt a final map by March 1.

Healthy City, an effort of the Advance Project–a public policy action organization–has launched a website to help citizens understand the redistricting process and to provide tools to enable them to advocate for their communities.

At www.ReDrawLA.org, users can see the current district lines and experiment with drawing their own lines.

The Redistricting Commission will hold its additional public hearings on the pre-final map on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Loyola Marymount University in the Ahmanson Auditorium; Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. at L.A. Pierce College; Feb. 6 at Occidental College in Thorn Hall; Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the L.A. City Hall, John Ferraro Council Chambers; Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Walter Reed Middle School in Studio City; and a Feb. 11, 11 a.m. meeting that has yet to be determined.

For additional information from the commission, call (213) 922–7740; email redistricting.lacity@lacity.org; or visit the website www.redistricting2011.lacity.org.

The City Council is obligated by statute to approve final maps by June 30.

At the same time the city is redrawing its Council district lines, the Los Angeles Unified School District is engaged in the process of modifying the boundaries of its board members.

The district is running behind the city and has recently hired an executive director to oversee the process, which operates under the auspices of the city’s 21-member redistricting commission.