By East County Magazine / June 15, 2011
After a series of public meetings that began in February, the County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee voted Monday [June 13] to forward three proposed redistricting plans to the Board of Supervisors. The citizen’s committee was tasked with gathering public input and forwarding no more than three plans for the Board’s consideration. The Redistricting Advisory Committee finished that work and held its final meeting Monday.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to hear the committee’s proposed plans at its regular Board meeting at 9 a.m. on June 28.
The Redistricting Advisory Committee’s three proposals can be viewed at the County’s redistricting website at www.sdcounty.ca.gov/redistricting . Once at the site, please choose “view/submit plan” from the left menu; then choose “view the latest proposed plans.” This will take you to the online viewer, where you can “Choose (a) Plan.”
The final proposals the committee will forward to the Board are titled RAC Draft Plan 2-4, 061311 RAC Draft Plan 5-6 and 061311 RAC Draft Plan 5-7 061311. The online viewer allows a close look at the committee’s proposals for the new supervisorial districts in an interactive map. It also displays the population and demographics of each new proposed district.
The County Board of Supervisors must adjust the boundaries of the County’s five supervisorial districts every ten years to balance their populations, based on the federal census.
As part of the County’s redistricting process, the Board appointed the Redistricting Advisory Committee to gather public input. The committee met 14 times, including once in each district.Under state law and the County’s charter, the Board of Supervisors is required to adopt the County’s final redistricting ordinance.
The Board is expected to introduce its redistricting ordinance at its July 12 public meeting and adopt a final ordinance at its August 2 meeting. The ordinance would take effect in early September, setting district lines for elections in 2012 through 2021.