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The Sacramento City Council kicked off the city’s redistricting process Tuesday night.
City leaders use U.S. Census data to rework district lines each decade. The city expects to receive the necessary data from the 2010 Census in early April, according to a Jan. 18 report by city staff.
At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, council members discussed the idea of creating a citizens’ committee to advise them on the redistricting process, but they did not come to a final decision on that matter. The council unanimously asked city staffers to return in two weeks with details about the role of the citizens’ advisory committee. At that time, the council may decide whether it wants to form a citizens’ committee.
Councilwomen Sandy Sheedy and Angelique Ashby both said that a citizens’ advisory committee would limit the ability of citizens to talk directly to their council representatives.
“I was elected to listen to the people, and that’s what I do,” Sheedy said.
The redistricting process costs $160,000, which will be paid for by city funds that have been set aside for unanticipated expenses, said the city’s New Growth Manager Scot Mende.
The city has created a redistricting website, which can be read here.
Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.