2 holders drawn from the final city council cards put forward by the redistribution commission • Long Beach Post News
After its last map drawing meeting, the commission selected only two possible maps, which will now head to a November 18 meeting where the commission will need nine votes to pass the final boundaries that will govern City Council races. for the next 10 years. .
The two maps are largely similar. Both have the Port of Long Beach split between two neighborhoods with a vertically longer Westside neighborhood sharing the complex with a new downtown neighborhood that stretches east to Alamitos Avenue and envelops the entire neighborhood. downtown entertainment.
Both maps also have a horizontal district that stretches from Bixby Knolls in the west to El Dorado Park in the east. They are also both effectively removing two sitting counselors from their current districts, unless there are dramatic changes next week.
Allen, who was elected in November 2020, will be allowed to complete the remainder of her current term without having to relocate to what will become the new 2nd District. However, if she is to be re-elected in 2024, she will need to establish her residence within the new district boundaries, which have moved east and would now include the Zaferia District, Bluff Park and Bluff Heights.
Mungo Flanigan should take a step earlier. His seat in the 5th arrondissement is up for election in June 2022. Given that the deadline for declaring his candidacy for the June 2022 elections is March 11, Mungo Flanigan should move to the new 5th arrondissement by February 9 to be comply with city electoral laws.
Wednesday night’s controversial meeting lasted nearly eight hours. Commission chair Alejandra Gutierrez noted ahead of the start of the meeting that tough decisions were about to be made despite the commission’s attempts to keep and unify as many neighborhoods as possible.
“There are parts of our city that redistribution cannot fix,” Gutierrez said.
The committee needed to advance at least one card until the November 18 meeting, where it can make minor changes to the card before voting “up or down.” Since the Councilors’ homes are in areas of the map that would require major changes to bring them back to their quarters, it is unlikely that this can be accomplished without a new meeting scheduled.
Cards must be available for public review for at least one week before being adopted. Detailed versions of the proposed maps were not immediately available Thursday morning. The commission has until December 7 to adopt a card to be used in the 2022 election.
Mungo Flanigan and Allen could not immediately be reached for comment.
At Wednesday’s meeting, small changes were made to the one map the committee had always considered. A change restored the legal boundary to the historic Bluff Park district before it was added to what will likely become the new 2nd Arrondissement.
The inclusion of Bluff Park, Bluff Heights and Carroll Park has been a sore point for some residents who have demanded that these communities be included in the rest of the current 3rd Borough.
Donna Sievers, president of the Bluff Heights Neighborhood Association, asked if anyone was angry with Bluff’s neighborhoods, comparing it to post-war Poland, which was divided among several countries in the mid-1940s .
The second map that was put forward was essentially a clone of the first, the only difference being in the makeup of Bixby Knolls. The Clone Map contains most of the Bixby Knolls combined with neighborhoods east of Long Beach Airport. To make the population distribution more even, this version of the map relocated the entire Los Cerritos neighborhood and the Virginia Country Club to the current 8th arrondissement.
A big push was made on Wednesday to try to present a map drawn by the community that had circulated in the city. Despite efforts to gain support, the card was ultimately not discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.
The map titled “2.2” would have brought Allen back to his neighborhood and divided downtown more tightly than how it is currently divided. The card was rejected by some members of the public who said it was a political attempt to prevent the city councilor from being removed.
The commissioners chose to stick with the maps he had been working on drawing over the past few weeks. If all goes well, they’ll pick one of the two as their final limits at their November 18 meeting.
“All of the maps that we are discussing have become a community and collaborative map,” Commissioner Sharon Diggs-Jackson said in response to the idea that Commissioners should consider a community submitted map. “None of them advanced in isolation.”
The commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 18 at City Hall where it could select a final map that the city will then pass on to Los Angeles County election officials for use in the 2022 election.
Editor’s Note: The story has been updated with a screenshot of the final second map under review.
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