In what has already proven to have been the most controversial topic in Menifee politics over the city's short lifetime, the districting issue may heat up even more.
Last night, the city council took a step towards redrawing the district boundaries based on 2010 federal census data. Currently, the city is drawn up into four city council member districts, plus a mayor voted at large.
They voted to appoint a committee of five members, to be chaired by Ann Pica, who will create a series of three possible district maps. Those maps will be reviewed by National Demographics Corporation, a contractor with expertise in developing council member districts, for compliance with state and federal requirements. NDC will then present the city council with one or more maps, and the council will vote which map to adopt.
Appointed to the committee were...
- Grant Yoders, a resident of Sun City, appointed by Tom Fuhrman
- George Rackstraw, a resident of Romoland, appointed by Darcy Kuenzi
- Joe Daugherty, a resident of rural Menifee, appointed by John Denver
- Ann Pica, a resident of Sun City, appointed by Wallace Edgerton
Sue Kristjansson, who took her seat on the city council only two weeks ago, was originally informed she wasn't going to be allowed to appoint someone to the committee, and therefore didn't have anyone in mind. Edgerton had actually offered to appoint a second person of his own.
However, John Denver suggested that Kristjansson be given 48 hours to come up with an appointee, to which certain members of the audience groaned in disapproval. Tom Furhman stepped in and verified that the committee would not actually be able to meet until the beginning of September and therefore Kristjansson would have plenty of time to name an appointee. Edgerton therefore conceded and gave Kristjansson time to name someone.
Thus far, the four appointees gives Sun City a strong representation, with no representation at all coming from the developed areas of Menifee.
The committee will be able to determine city council district boundaries, which can have the effect of reshaping the political power base across the entire city.