The Forgotten Redistricting: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Redistricting is a hot topic, but no one’s ears seem to be burning over changes with for the LA County Board of Supervisors.
With all the discussion of redistricting and rallying the residents of Santa Clarita to tell the California Citizens Redistricting Commission they want to keep the city and valley whole, little notice has been paid to the redistricting for the supervisors in Los Angeles County.
Every 10 years, after the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Senate, Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts, to reflect the new population data. This applies also to the County Supervisor districts.
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According to Martin Zimmerman, the Assistant CEO of Los Angeles County, the purpose of redistricting has one overriding objective, “You’re trying to achieve the one person, one vote. Everybody having equal voice.”
2010 census numbers indicate an imbalance. Zimmerman explained that back in 2001 when they redistricted based upon the 2000 census, they brought the deviation to 1.4 percent. This year the districts are out of balance by 10 percent.
The 5th district, which represents Santa Clarita and falls under the authority of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, is out of balance with too large a population.
Zimmerman is careful not suggest anything, but says, “A reasonable person would surmise that the 5th District is going to lose some areas to another district which is underpopulated.”
When asked if the chances of redistricting will affect Santa Clarita, Antonovich Communication Deputy Tony Bell said, “Slim to none geographically speaking.”
Nevertheless, County staff and the Boundary Review Committee will hold a community meeting in Castaic on Tuesday to let the public know more about the process and potential changes.
County staff from the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors, Board Offices, Chief Executive Office, County Counsel, and other involved County departments will provide an overview of the County Board of Supervisors’ 2011 Redistricting process.
Items on the agenda will include the proposed timeline and meeting schedule, legal overview, outreach efforts and public access plan, and the process for submitting redistricting plans and analysis.
Santa Clarita officials say they will have a staff member attend the meeting. However, they have not heard of any district changes that would affect the city.
The redistricting ordinance becomes effective in September.
If you would like to attend, the meeting takes place at the L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 North Castaic Road.
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