Menifee Redistricting Committee Meets for the First Time

The first meeting of the Menifee Redistricting Committee was more about introductions than anything else. The five member committee met this afternoon at City Hall to go over instructions on how to redraw city council district boundaries using the new 2010 US Census data.

In addition, committee chair Ann Pica introduced a set of guidelines on how district maps may become eligible for submission to National Demographics Corporation, as well as guidelines on committee decorum.

Douglas Johnson, CEO of National Demographics Corporation, handed out Participation Kits to the committee and explained how members could draw their own maps.

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Currently, city law requires the creation of four city council districts with one Mayor being elected at large. With the city's total population being set at 77,519, each district must contain roughly 19,380 people, though a small percentage of deviation is allowed.

The current district boundaries were created using 2000 US Census data, and has the Oasis, a senior community, split between two districts. Committee chair Ann Pica, who resides in Sun City, gave specific instructions to members to keep communities of interest together, using Oasis as an example. Her instructions went on to suggest that Oasis be merged into District 1 (Sun City).

The committee will met again this Friday, September 23, at 4:00pm inside City Hall, expecting to have maps ready to discuss. The public is welcome to attend.




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