The third redistricting workshop hosted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is Wednesday, July 20, in county chambers.
Following the census every 10 years, the supervisors review and redraw the boundaries if necessary. Each of the five supervisors is to have approximately the same number of residents in his or her district.
The 2010 Census shows the county has 2,035,210 residents, therefore each district should ideally contain 407,042 residents. The current First District exceeds that ideal by 58,496 and the Second District exceeds it by 22,955. The current Fourth District is 40,556 below the ideal, while the Third and Fifth districts are respectively 22,535 and 18,360 below.
The July 10 workshop allows the public to have input on how the districts should be redrawn. The public is also encouraged to visit www.sbcounty.gov/redistrict for information about the process, data on the current districts and city populations, and examples of plans that meet redistricting criteria. The site also includes the one plan that has been submitted to the county for consideration, which was prepared by students at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino.
The site includes a space for the public to make suggestions about redistricting, and a link to a special email address to which the public can submit actual redistricting proposals. The public can also subscribe to the website and receive email updates when new information is placed on the site.
The Board of Supervisors has adopted criteria that will guide the county through the redistricting process:
* Districts must be configured so that they are reasonably equal in total population based on data from the 2010 federal census, with deviations as close to zero as possible. In no event should the total deviation between the largest and the smallest district exceed three percent.
* District borders shall be drawn in a manner that complies with Section 2 of the Federal Voting Rights Act.
* Each district shall consist of contiguous territory and be as compact as possible given the total criteria.
* Each district shall respect communities of interest to the degree possible given the total criteria.
* District borders shall follow visible natural and man-made geographical and topographical features to the degree possible given the total criteria.
* Each new district shall preserve the corresponding existing district's population and territory to the degree possible given the total criteria.
* It is understood that districts known to be areas of higher-than-average population growth in the years following redistricting may become under-populated over time.
The meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Coviington Chambers of the County Govenment Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.