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Redistricting: the next step

Original post made by [removed] on Jun 2, 2011

Redistricting workshops are over and supervisors have input to interpret, likely to their own political interests, in making redistricting decisions that offer them maximum voter support in coming elections. It is the positions of many, 'As voters, we do not just vote every four years and let supervisors proceed with their own agendas. We expect representation of our immediate will and interests every day. Such commentary reflects a general distrust in county government's redistricting creating any improvement in interaction, consideration and mitigation to the will and interests of Contra Costans. For supervisors, county redistricting has a greater role than just determining boundaries. With trust in county government at its lowest point, redistricting must fully seek commonality of communities' interests and support a desired political voice in government. Once district boundaries are determined, supervisors will need to fully represent the immediate will and interests of the residents of their districts if trust in county government is to return.

Your readers will have an opportunity to see supervisors' redistricting processes in action later this month, June 21 and 28, as boundaries determine voter selection for campaigns going forward in this decade. The result will determine boundaries for who will vote, but supervisors' interaction with communities and neighborhoods will determine how voters will vote.

Comments (2)

Posted by askidoo, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Redistricting matters most to the unincorporated as that is their preferred form of government, indicated by Alamo's vote of 2009 to continue county governance versus their own independent voice. To a city it is a secondary consideration as their city, not the county, provides most direct services.


Posted by [removed], a resident of Alamo
on Jun 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Dear Editor,

The 19 cities of Contra Costa County wish to have their cities whole in one district. Quite simply the fiscal relationship between cities and county require a focused communication offered by a single supervisor that is responsible for such representation. The results of 2001 redistricting dissolved representation for Walnut Creek, as a very specific example, and allowed no supervisor to provide reasonable representation of the city.

As for Alamo, and voters rejection of an incorporation proposal that contained no definition of government, planning of operations or budgets for the city's operation, that is a very separate issue. Unincorporated regions have the wealth, global presence and counsel to present their will and interests and only require a county supervisor committed to such representation of immediate will and interests.

The remaining issue is Contra Costans expect supervisors to fully represent the immediate will and interests of the residents of their districts or trust in county government will not return. There is no difference between county and city residents in this focus.


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