Have questions about redistricting? A weekend meeting could provide answers

A special virtual meeting focused on the importance of redistricting and what it could mean for Long Beach residents is being hosted the morning of Oct. 16.

Saturday’s online meeting is being hosted by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and the City Clerk’s office. A link to register for the meeting can be found here.

The 13-member Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission is already well into their work that will include redrawing City Council district maps that will be in place for the next decade released its first draft maps Wednesday, something that it will discuss at its Oct. 20 meeting.

One of those maps, with alterations, could become the final map that is approved by the Dec. 7 deadline for the maps to be eligible for inclusion in Los Angeles County’s primary elections in June. 
Because of unequal population growth in the city over the past decade it’s expected that there could be significant shifts in how current council districts lines are drawn.

The city’s districts west of Signal Hill have either too few residents or too many and will require boundaries to be shifted to bring them back into compliance with the city’s charter that requires each district to have about the same population, with a small deviance.

Redistricting Commissioners gave their first recommendations last week to a consultant that will draw draft maps for the commission to consider. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall but the meeting will also be streamed live.

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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.