Carpinteria City Council chooses between four potential district maps

Carpinteria is on track to choose its final redistricting map on March 28, and the city council chose between four potential draft plans at its last meeting on Monday, opting for ‘plan A2’, despite questions over boundaries twists and turns of the map that at least one council member feared. could be seen as an attempt at gerrymandering.

In what was the fourth of five public hearings on the issue, council voted 3-2 in favor of the plan, with council member Natalia Alarcon and vice mayor Al Clark dissenting. The plan drew public support for its ideal distribution between demographics, but Clark questioned the lines between two districts, which he said had “frills and zig-zags that frankly resemble gerrymandering.” .

Clark said he was originally in favor of the card, but upon closer inspection he felt there were boundaries that seemed to curl and jump suspiciously. He floated the idea of ​​keeping the same general lines – especially his three pro-Latino quarters – but tightening the boundaries to clear up any confusion.

Alarcon wondered why the map they opted for also had the highest population gap, which measures how different the population range is between districts; their chosen plan had the highest deviation rate of the four options and fell just below the 10% minimum.


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Council member Roy Lee did not think there was a need for changes, especially since the draft plan had received public support. “I like A2 but I like him the way he is,” he said. “I don’t see any gerrymandering at all.”

The draft plans are the culmination of a collaborative effort that included maps drawn and submitted by members of the public, presented and modified until the city narrowed down the options to the four presented at the city council meeting. of Monday.

There’s still time to make changes to the map, but a final version must go live seven days before official adoption at the March 28 meeting. In order for the districts to be implemented in time for the November 2022 elections, the city must formally approve the map, number the districts, and decide on the order of the elections. Under the current proposed boundaries, none of the current council members would be required to run against each other, each falling into a separate district.

Carpinteria has operated with a universal electoral system since 1965, and the 2022 election will be the first time each district selects its own council member.


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