County Board of Supervisors start early work on redistricting post-Census

Permit now required to host events on county roads

While the country awaits the release of the 2010 Census results,
likely March next year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
are prepping for an expected change for the county’s five
supervisorial districts.
While the country awaits the release of the 2010 Census results, likely March next year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors are prepping for an expected change for the county’s five supervisorial districts.

This week, the five-member board voted to create an 11-member panel to take up redistricting. State law requires that boundaries of the supervisorial districts be adjusted after each decennial census.

Each of the five supervisorial districts were aligned during the past, so that each board member represents about the same number of residents. California Law requires that as redistricting is developed, the goals be to: maximize equal representation (one person, one vote); align district populations to within 10,000 of each other; and avoid gerrymandering. District boundaries are to take into account topography, geography, cohesiveness, contiguousness, compactness of territory and communities of interest.

It is anticipated that boardmembers will make appointments before the end of the year. In January, an informational meeting is planned to outline the legal requirements and to ensure that the commission has adequate to tools to accomplish its objectives.

The commission will hold four community meetings/public hearings between February and May of 2011. After the board receives recommendations, it will hold two public hearings during June to present the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s recommendations, accept public comment, and adopt a plan for submission to the State.

Leave your comments