“DistrictR” doesn’t replace the previous mapping tool, known as “Maptitude,” but it is significantly easier to use.
A memo published by the city Tuesday gave the first glimpse of legacy data released by the United States Census Bureau earlier this month boiled down to the neighborhood level.
The redistricting process is completed every decade and relies on federal Census data, which is delayed this year due the pandemic and other factors.
“It was hell,” former Councilwoman Rae Gabelich said, recounting the redistricting process from 2011. “It was absolute hell.”
The “whale tail” is a portion of a 4th City Council District that was included on a political whim. Now, decades later, it could be redrawn.
The district is home to much of Cambodia Town, but portions of the neighborhood were also splintered into three other districts during the last redistricting in 2010.
Wednesday’s meeting at Cabrillo High School, meant to interact with residents of West Long Beach and other areas included in the city’s 7th District, drew just five attendees who were not media or city employees.
City officials had been searching for suitable options that allow a large audience to attend while also having the technical capacity that will allow the city to stream the meetings to those watching at home.
Activists including Common Cause and Equity for Cambodians—working to combat gerrymandering—campaigned for a measure they hoped would reunify the city’s Cambodian community into one district for more voting power.
After the release of Census data, the Commission is tentatively expected to hold its first meeting as a complete body by early Jan. 2021, pending the onboarding of the final members and alternates, according to city officials.