October 25, 2021 — Now that the census is over, a citizens’ commission is working with county staff to advise the Board of Supervisors on redistricting, or plans to readjust the boundaries of the county’s five districts. The fifth district will remain geographically complex, including the south coast, Mendocino and Albion, and points inland. But the fourth district has lost population, while the third is too big, so some adjustments will have to be made.
The difference between the biggest and smallest districts can’t be more than ten percent. But in a geographically large county with a small population, it’s all about fine-tuning.
The commission has added more meetings, one at 6:15 pm on Wednesday October 27th and another on November 3rd. The commission is also giving a presentation to the Board of Supervisors today (October 26th) at 1:30 pm, where commissioners hope to rustle up a little more public comment.
The county must submit its final map to the state by December 15th, or the state could have a judge decide the boundaries.
The deadline for the advisory commission to receive maps from the public is October 29th. The board will identify its preferred map on November 9th. You can submit your public comment by emailing email@example.com. You can watch the meeting on the county youtube channel.