Pomona commission narrows list of possible maps for new voting districts – Daily Bulletin

The commission in charge of creating maps that will delineate the boundaries of Pomona’s polling station has narrowed its elections.

Residents had until February 4 to draw up maps for the new City Council district boundaries and submit their drafts to the city redistribution commission. Every 10 years after the U.S. population census, districts retreat to calculate population changes in communities.

On Wednesday, February 23, the Independent City Redistribution Commission, composed of seven members of the local community, selected seven maps to study further: 104, 107, 108, 115, 117, 119 AND 129. All will be analyzed at a special meeting starting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 10th.

The commission will select its preferred map on March 23, ahead of the map approval deadline of April 17, according to the redistribution Web page.

During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners quarreled over how to keep the various ethnic communities across the city intact. While Pomona is predominantly Latino – 71% of the population identifies as such – black, Asian / Pacific communities and other communities have small enclaves in certain parts of the city.

Under the Federal Voting Rights Act, polling stations must avoid racial fraud. Public agencies can be sued whenever “racially polarized voting” appears in their system of electing representatives, according to the act.

Resident Eunice Russell said she was opposed to the commission overseeing the city’s black community north of Pomona, which includes Districts 4 and 6 of the City Council.

“We’re not getting the attention we need as a community, and for you to split the city and not look at it is very worrying,” Russell said. “I want to remind you that yes, we are here.”

Another resident, Hank Fung, who created Map 117, said he would prefer the District 5 of the council to extend east of Highway 71 to include more of the “Asian institutions” in the city. This includes two Buddhist temples and an Asian-majority apartment complex, which Fung said would provide the group with political influence and power.

Meanwhile, commissioners largely agreed that not dividing institutions and areas like Fairplex, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona city center and Phillips Ranch would be in the best interest of the city and those living in those areas.

Map 108 would satisfy keeping these communities of interest intact while also leaving five of the six districts as Latin-majority voting groups. District 5 would be the only non-Latino majority district as the population of Asian / Pacific islands represents 24% of that district, while Latins make up 44%.

In order to create a minority majority district, a racial minority population at voting age would need to make up more than 50% of that district, according to Jeff Simonetti, a consultant for National Demographs Corp.

“I think 108 does a great job of balancing everything we heard tonight,” said Commissioner Natalie Chaidez. “He also keeps the Fairplex neighborhood intact.”

On the other side, Map 104 would create a Latino-majority voting population in all six districts by sharing a quarter of the Fairplex campus, mostly in the northern parking lot area.

Another map that received positive feedback was Map 107which would hold districts similar to their current composition.

Commissioner Ruth Alvarez told the group that whatever map is chosen, it is important to remember that districts should not be completely redrawn, but can be modified instead.

“Yes, we are being redistributed, but we are being redistributed because of the population. “We do not necessarily create new identities for each of the districts,” Alvarez said.

The maps under consideration are available for viewing on the city website at DrawPomona.org.

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