Long Beach’s redistricting commission selects the final 6 to help redraw council district lines

With this year’s census count nearing completion, members of the Long Beach’s redistricting commission on Friday selected the remaining four members and two alternates to serve on the commission, which is responsible for redrawing the city council district boundaries.

Last month, the city’s Ethics Commission randomly selected nine members, one from each council district, from a pool of 23 applicants, who were then tasked with filling the remaining six vacancies with candidates from that same pool.

In terms of demographic representation, the commission now includes a total of four White members, six Latinx members, two Black members, two Asian/Pacific Islander members and one mixed-race member.

The newly selected members and alternates include:

  • Genna Beckenhaupt, Member
  • Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Member
  • Kelly Nhim, Member
  • Zhelinrentice Scott, Member
  • Josias Gonzalez, Alternate
  • Melody Osuna, Alternate

The previously selected council representatives include:

  • Council District 1, Eric R. Oates
  • Council District 2, Ryan Giffen
  • Council District 3, Thomas J. Cooper
  • Council District 4, Nicole Lopez
  • Council District 5, Sharon Diggs-Jackson
  • Council District 6, Alejandra Gutierrez
  • Council District 7, Frank A. Gutierrez
  • Council District 8, Marissa Martinez
  • Council District 9, Sevly Snguon

The commission is tentatively expected to hold its first meeting as a complete body by early January, pending the onboarding of the final members and alternates, according to city officials.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.