Redistricting ‘Top Four’ maps revealed

The number of potential redistricting maps in the running for City Council consideration dwindles to five as the city of Sacramento gets closer to finalizing a new redistricting plan.

Maria MacGunigal, staff member for the Citizens Advisory Committee on Redistricting, said Tuesday that when the committee met on Monday, each member brought a list of “top five” and “bottom five” lists for discussion.

At the conclusion of the meeting, committee members had decided on the “top four contenders,” MacGunigal said, plus one more map that is still under consideration, but may be eliminated at the next advisory committee meeting.

City Council members will be on summer recess for two weeks starting Monday, however, the Advisory Committee on Redistricting will continue to meet to analyze the remaining maps and to prepare for a final recommendation to the City Council.

The advisory committee is expected to report to the City Council on July 12 with “anywhere from one to four” final maps for the council to consider, MacGunigal said.

The maps that have made it to this next round of eliminations were submitted by individuals, residents of Tahoe Park and East Sacramento, the African American Leadership Coalition, and even one anonymous submission.

The new set of maps being considered are (in no significant order) map numbers: 17, 24, 30, 31 and 35.

MacGunigal said updated map information will be available soon on the redistricting website, and the public is encouraged to review the information and comment to the advisory committee through the e-comment system on the website.

Advisory committee meetings are available online here.

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June 22, 2011 | 10:46 AM

Several people attending Monday night’s Neighborhood Advisory Group meeting reported that there has been little or no input to the process by residents of the central city. The folks that have complained the most privately about being in one district have said the least publicly about what they want. “You are not going to like what you are going to get (at this point)” said one observer. “The folks that are testifying do not have your interests in mind” they continued.

June 22, 2011 | 10:52 AM

On the other hand, there is a massive amount of pessimism even among the committee members that the City Council will, as their prerogative, say thank you very much and do as they please. Which is back-room dealing to retain the status quo and protect their sorry asses.

June 22, 2011 | 12:37 PM

People in the Middle East are facing down tanks and being shot at and bombed because they want the opportunity to weigh in as to how they should be governed. If anyone has an opinion about the Redistricting Process, now is the time to speak up!!! Encourage your friends and neighbors to speak up. Take a few minutes and figure out where you stand and then say something by posting an eComment or write a letter if you don’t want to testify at one of the upcoming Commission meetings. Complaining privately about an issue is not going to accomplish anything.

June 23, 2011 | 7:26 AM

It is too bad there is not some combination of Map 17 (most sensible to Greenhaven and Southside citizens) and Map 24 (most sensible to Natomas and Northside citizens). All the maps are gerrymandered in some way, but I guess those two are least egregious.

June 23, 2011 | 12:13 PM

A review of the public testimony to the SRCAC (in-person, submitted by mail, & e-Comments) shows a surprisingly small number of statements of any sort by community orgs & neighborhood assns, much less specific map submissions identified as being favored by stakeholder groups. Perhaps all the real conversations on this critical issue are happening behind the scenes between savvy org leadership and their city councilpersons, where the ultimate redistricting line-drawing AND NUMBERING decision lies.

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