| PUBLIC HEARINGS PRESENTATION AND SCHEDULE
Ms. Heshimu discussed the planning that went into the scheduling for the district meetings. A great deal of thought went into the preparation. Keeping in mind comments made from the Commission regarding the main purpose is to be able to outreach the communities in order to have feedback.
Ms. Heshimu explained that the districts that were first on the schedule were districts where staff felt the outreach would be easiest and taking into account several variables like which communities were waiting to for the hearings, and which were expected to have the least amount of change.
Ms. Heshimu added that District 8, on the other hand, was further down on the schedule as staff anticipated a more difficult outreach program in a very important community. She believes staff will need more time to have a good meeting in District 8..
Ms. Heshimu announced the following tentative schedule:
|Monday, April 23
||Tubman-Chavez Cultural Center
|Wednesday, April 25
||Normal Heights Community Center || CD3
|Monday, April 30
||Clairemont Community Service Center || CD6
|Friday, May 4
||Scripps Ranch Community Service Center ||CD5
|Monday, May 7
||Carmel Valley Library ||CD1
|Wednesday, May 9
||Otay Mesa Library ||CD8
|Monday, May 14
||Pacific Beach/Earl & Birdie Taylor Library || CD2
|Monday, May 21
||Mission Trails Visitor's Center || CD7
Commissioner Ulloa asked what types of outreach were being considered.
Ms. Heshimu stated everything possible. She has obtained lists of community planning groups, a list of city-wide organizations, major media, neighborhood newspapers, ethnic and targeted newspapers. She said staff is considering what type of information they have time to pull together for a mailing.
Commisioner Johnson announced it would be important to notify the NAACP and Urban League of the meeting scheduled on April 23.
Commissioner Saito mentioned it would be very helpful to the residents if they could prepare their testimony in advance. He would prefer the public have access to an informational packet that is not very elaborate.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera reminded the Commission they will be visiting each district twice. The first time as an introductory and informational visit. The second time around would consist of more testimony and feedback once the preliminary maps are drawn.
Ms. Heshimu reminded the Commission that the agenda for each public hearing must be filed 72 hours prior to the meeting.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera recommended there be more flexibility regarding the meetings. They could have one Commission meeting either on Monday or Wednesday.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera commented on the amount of time he will allow the audience to speak will depend on the number of people who want to give testimony.
Commissioner Magana expressed concern about people having their testimony in written form.
Commissioner Ulloa recommended that the Commission be consistent in the amount of time given to the individual giving his or her testimony.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera reassured the Commission that in his experience with the City of San Diego the time allotted is strictly dependant upon the number of people.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera reminded everyone to try and avoid any discussion with the audience. The primary function is to listen and take testimonials.
Ms. Heshimu stated that there might be an audience that does not participate, and the Commission should be prepared to ask leading questions. In this case the individual would be responding on the spur of the moment, and it would be awkward to ask them to fill out a speaker slip.
Ms. Foster said there is no legal requirement for using a speaker slip. It is a protocol that is used by the City of San Diego to aide in making the testimony orderly.
Ms. Foster discussed some issues regarding the Brown Act. She wanted to make sure the Commission is aware any written testimony or sign-in sheet would have to be on a voluntary basis.
Commissioner. Ulloa wondered how the situation would be handled if there was a large group of people who do not get an opportunity to speak.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera mentioned that the time allowed at each community district will be dictated by the facilities in which they are being held. They will be limited in time.
Commissioner Ulloa suggested they have interpreters available at the meetings in District 4 and District 8. He asked if special interpreting equipment would be made readily available. Commissioner Ulloa also made apparent that he felt the expense should be considered, but not the determining factor.
Ms. Foster suggested that the availability of an interpreter is announced on the notice of the meeting. This could be a determining factor for many individuals.
Commissioner Johnson inquired if staff members would be able to assist in answering questions from the public.
The entire Commission agreed that would be both positive and helpful.
Commissioner Saito recommended the introduction remain brief, approximately 15 minutes total, so as not to overwhelm the public.
Chairman Mr. Pesquiera suggested a slide demonstration so the public can have a visual aide.
Ms. Heshimu presented a drafted map showing the district boundaries. These could help people understand what redistricting entails. It would help people ask intelligent questions, or assist the public in supplying the Commission with good information.
Ms. Heshimu spoke about the resourceful maps that will be handed out at the meetings. Ms. Perry and Ms. Heshimu both feel they will be very informational and empowering. The hope is to encourage people to speak to the Commission.
Commissioner Ulloa asked if they would be provided with pertinent information for each district prior to each off-site meeting.
Ms. Heshimu reminded the Commission that they are still waiting for certain statistics and would like to set aside some time on the next agenda to discuss what information they do have thus far.
Commissioner Ulloa suggested the information be e-mailed so they could have it ahead of time so that the information could be digested prior to the meeting and not take up so much time in discussion.
Ms. Heshimu mentioned at the close of each meeting it would be a good idea to inform the people of what to expect next. They should explain to the public they still have another opportunity to provide testimony. Also, a voluntary sign-in sheet will be provided for those people who wish to be notified of the post-map hearings.
REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION: (Tape location: B361-D370.)