First Voter District Formation Meeting Report
Three dozen of your friends and neighbors - fewer than expected - attended the consultant-led Voter District Formation meeting last night at the Neighborhood Community Center from 7-9 p.m. An identical meeting will be held Saturday, June 4th, at the Halecrest Park, 3107 Killybrooke Lane from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. This meeting and the one Saturday were not well-publicized. If you missed this first one, plan to make the second one on Saturday.
Additionally, there will be a second round of community meetings later this month at St. Joachim's Catholic Church, 1964 Orange Avenue on Wednesday, June 15th from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, June 18th at Balearic Community Center, 1975 Balearic Drive from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. At these two meetings the results of the data gathered at the first two meetings plus the recently-completed series of "Meet The Expert" mini-meetings will be discussed and more public input will be gathered.
CONSULTANTS RAN THE SHOW
Although Assistant CEO Rick Francis and City Clerk Brenda Green were present, Consultant Yesenia Arias and her team from Arellano Associates and Demographer David Ely (with arms folded in these photos) provided information and displayed four sample maps - three (3) with five (5) disticts and one with seven (7). Those were just sample maps to illustrate much of the data Ely had been working with. Interpreters for Spanish and Vietnamese speakers were provided. Pay close attention to the slide with the anticipated schedule. There's not much time to complete this process and get the item ready for the November ballot.
SOME INTERESTING SAMPLE MAPS
I think you'll be able to make out the slides he presented. You'll probably notice that section 4 on each is the critical link. That one represents the section with the greatest number of minority (Latino) voters. I was especially amused to see how, on Sample B, District 3 completely surrounds District 4. It's an interesting exercise. Click on the image to enlarge.
After a break the assembled crowd self-selected into three groups and proceeded to craft their own suggested district maps, using whatever criteria they chose, then explained their reasoning to the rest of the folks in attendance.
THE PRESS WELL-REPRESENTED
Luke Money from the Daily Pilot and Louis Casiano, Jr. from the Orange County Register attended and will write about the event, too. Look for their stories. I plan to attend the second meeting Saturday, just to see what kind of crowd turns out.