|GUIDELINES FOR DRAWING DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
Deputy City Attorney Lisa Foster will lead a discussion of the latitude in the guidelines for drawing district boundaries based on the City Charter, U.S. Constitution, other federal statutes, and recent case law. Possible action relating to the use and ranking of redistricting criteria.
PC-1: Mr. John Kern spoke on Community Planning districts and Council districts. He stated that communities of interest are usually based on geography. In considering criteria for drawing districts, he recommended the Commission take into account the recognized community interest (planning groups) for voting data.
Commissioner ODell questioned the arrangement of schools district boundaries.
The consultants said it does come up and is an issue.
Ms. Foster stated that she will be inviting the Community Planning Groups to the meetings for input.
Ms. Foster reviews hand-out distributed to Commissioners:
Ms. Foster updated the Commission on noticing practices, the latitude, and guidelines.
The Commission was briefed on her handouts for item 7 dated 4-18-01.
(Refer to handout).
Ms. Foster commented on district population deviation issues. She stated that if we find we have deviation of less than 10% and we've made an effort to keep it as small as possible (under 10%) then we should be okay in our consideration of the one-person-one-vote principal. The Commission agreed to strive for 5% with an assurance of maintaining deviations below10%.
Ms. Foster ranked as number 2 the Voting Rights Act. She further briefed the Commission her handout.
Mr. Cain briefed the Commission on issues of interest regarding district line drawing.
Mr. Cain recommended as an alternative to use the term, "protected groups" in place of "minority".
Ms. Foster recommends that in redistricting, whether one is a citizen or nor, and whether one can vote or not, is not considered; it is the total population that is important.
Polarized voting concerns were discussed by Mr. Cain
Commissioner Ulloa requested that Joey Perry obtain a copy of the National Alliance of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender People position paper in order to address their concerns when meetings are held in their district.
Ms. Foster emphasized the importance of input from the public in assisting the Commission's identification of the various communities of interest.
Ms. Foster stated that there is much discretion and no absolutes in this process other than maintaining eight districts.
Mr. Cain mentioned the importance of avoiding violations of communities of interest.
Mr. Cain also mentioned avoiding split blocks as was done in the last redistricting. He urges the Commission to draw lines as the blocks as the fundamental unit rather than splitting blocks.
Motion by Ulloa to accept criteria and ranking as set forth with a caveat that #4 be moved to #3. Second by Saito and later withdrawn.
REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION: (Tape location: D000-D036)
Commissioner ODell stated that she is not ready to vote on motion as she doesn't have enough information to vote.
Commissioner Magana stated that she feels it is not necessary to vote on this as criteria.
Ms. Foster feels there is no necessity to accept this by a motion and vote as well.
Commissioner Ulloa expressed his desire to vote on this issue.
Commissioner Saito withdraws his second on the motion.