Redistribution task force recommends slight border changes in three city council districts – Pasadena Now


Redistricting Pasadena courtesy of CityofPasadena.net

A final recommendation from the Redistribution Task Force report would result in slight changes in the voting limits, resulting in the displacement of 2,610 Pasadena residents from their current city council district to another.

Only three neighborhoods would be impacted by the reshuffle.

A total of 1,625 residents of District 6 would become voters in District 7 and 985 voters in District 7 would be transferred to District 2.

Due to the changes, 693 people will have to wait until the 2024 voting cycle before they can vote in the next city council election.

The task force adopted a 10% deviation map.

According to redistrictingonline.org, a non-partisan educational resource that seeks to educate, inform and share resources related to redistribution.

“The equal population or “the one person, one vote standard requires equality of the general population between districts, but there is no specific number or percentage that defines constitutionality.” Instead, the Supreme Court interprets this constitutional requirement for congressional districts to mean “strict equality” and for legislative and other local maps, districts must only be “substantially equal.” In practice, a clear standard has emerged for legislative and local maps in which courts consider total deviations above 10% to be constitutionally suspect.

City council will consider the recommendation on Monday.

“The task force has worked hard to submit a card that meets federal and state guidelines and takes into consideration the preferences of leaders and members of our community,” said Patrice Marshall McKenzie, who was appointed to the task force in as an extraordinary member by the mayor. Victor Gordo. “Ultimately, the map that has been submitted to city council allows the most vulnerable communities to elect representatives while trying to minimize significant displacement of people. It is a process that is not perfect, but we have sought to limit the negative impacts to as many people as possible.

The change in voting lines would also allow District 2 to become the council’s second district representing residents north and south of Colorado Boulevard.

Traditionally, each municipal district represents a part of Colorado Boulevard.

“The recommended plan balances people in the district using a counterclockwise rotation,” according to a staff report on Monday’s city council agenda. “District 6 cedes its population to District 7 and District 7 cedes its population to District 2.”

The recommendation also includes a forecast of major changes over the next 10 years due to a number of factors, and called on elected officials to discuss the impacts of those changes with their constituents earlier in the next round of redistribution.

“Noting the possibility of major changes in the city for the next round of redistribution, including the acquisition and development of the section of Highway 710, the increase in housing created by the Parsons project and the new laws of the State, taking into account recent population underestimates in Northwest Pasadena, and the growing sense of consolidation of City Council representation in the Downtown / Central District area, it is strongly recommended that the city council is working to understand the significant impacts that these factors will have on the next redistribution cycle, and initiates the discussion and understanding of these impacts earlier and before the work of the next redistribution working group ”, indicates the report.

During this cycle, the main principles or objectives considered by the working group when developing the recommended plan were as follows:

• One Person, One Vote: An equal population standard established in accordance with the city charter, the California Election Code, and the 14th Amendment equal protection requirement. The recommended card keeps the overall plan balance below the 10% threshold considered “presumed constitutional”.

• Compliance with the Voting Rights Act: The recommended plan does not dilute or diminish the voting power of any demographic or ethnic population in the city.

• Contiguity: The recommended plan complies with the California Fair Maps Act requirement that all districts be contiguous.

• Communities of Interest: The recommended plan retains careful consideration of the previous district map for communities of interest across the city. The task force received extensive public comments on communities of interest across the city based on social and demographic characteristics including age, ethnicity, homeownership, poverty levels , educational attainment and income patterns; information on neighborhood association zones and the public’s contribution to communities and neighborhoods.

• Compactness: The recommended card is compact as much as possible without violating higher priority criteria as specified in state and federal laws.

• Continuity of representation: The recommended plan minimizes the number of people whose representation would be affected by the new limits.

• Recognizable Boundaries: The recommended plan maintains the main boundaries of Arroyo Seco and most of Colorado Boulevard.

• The Tradition of All Districts Connected to Colorado Boulevard: Given Colorado Boulevard’s central location and importance to the entire city, all Pasadena Council districts are connected to Colorado Boulevard from the initial passage of the city ​​in district elections. The recommended plan maintains this connection, with one exception: District 2 joins District 4 by having a population on both sides of Colorado Boulevard.

Every 10 years, the City of Pasadena uses decennial census data to adjust city council district boundaries to equalize the population among the city’s seven districts.

According to this data, white residents still constitute the majority of the city’s population at 36.7%. Latino residents make up 33% of the city’s population, followed by Asian residents at 16.9% and African-American residents at 8.5%.

Latino residents constitute the majority of the population in City Council Districts 1, 3, and 5, with 49.7%, 48.1% and 51.4%, respectively.

“The WG has spent as much time as possible engaging and listening to communities of interest and our residents,” said former District 2 Council member Margaret McAustin, who was appointed to the WG task force. district 2. “The recommended cards meet what we have heard and comply with the VRA [Voting Rights Act]. I felt the President and VG did a great job in addressing all the legitimate concerns. Although the changes were minimal this time around, we can expect more significant changes after the next census. “

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