Some Latinos were moved from Gloria Molina's district to Don Knabe's, and voila, there were four votes to leave the Board of Supervisors' districts pretty close to what they are today. The swing vote was Mark Ridley-Thomas, who dropped his own map that created a second Latino district in order to back Knabe's map, along with Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael Antonovich. Molina was the lone dissenter in the end.
* Added: The Times posted a blog story. Also Melissa Pamer, who's been following the story for the Daily Breeze, Dan Abendschein at Altadena Patch, and Frank Stoltze at KPCC News. Said one media type in the Hall of Administration: "Not one other radio station or TV station could be bothered - not while Michael Jackson's doctor was on trial, consuming all their reporting resources. That sort of dereliction of their reporting responsibility is a stain on the entire LA news community."