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Brawley hears plans for redrawn supervisors'

June 19, 2001


By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A handful of people showed up to Monday's county Board of Supervisors public hearing here on supervisorial redistricting.

The purpose of the series of three hearings was to receive public input on four supervisorial boundary alternatives developed by a committee made up of county employees and 10 community members.

The new district boundaries have redrawn to reflect the 2000 census, which shows the county has a population of 142,361. Excluding the populations of the county's two state prisons and dividing the remainder by five districts results in a target population of 26,759 for each district. The target numbers are allowed to be off by as much as 10 percent for the purpose of redrawing the boundaries.

For those attending the public hearings, there are large, detailed maps available for viewing.

At Monday's hearing two people spoke.

Brawley resident Rudy Cárdenas Jr. asked that the maps include precinct numbers so people can see where their homes lie under each proposal.


Cárdenas was told that after the Board of Supervisors adopts a redistricting plan new precincts will be drawn up.

Imperial Irrigation District Division 3 Director Lloyd Allen, speaking as a private citizen, asked if the main purpose of redistricting is to make each district equal in population.

He was told equal populations is the general purpose, as well as to follow well-established geographic boundaries in drawing the new districts, and that the new districts may be off by as much as 10 percent from the others.

IID directors must live within their divisions, are elected at-large and are not required to draw new division lines. Further, IID divisions only encompass the irrigated area of the Imperial Valley, whereas supervisorial district encompass the entire county.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a redistricting plan by the end of July so candidates for the upcoming election cycle know how the county will look.

The next public hearing is at 7 tonight in the supervisors chambers, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. The final hearing is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Calexico City Hall, 680 Heber Ave.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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