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The Parker Report - Supervisorial Redistricting
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Dear Friends,

 

As you may have heard, the Board of Supervisors took action (in a 3-2 vote) at our meeting on Tuesday, July 26th to propose the approval of the map recommended by the Board appointed redistricting committee, Plan D, at our next meeting August 23rd. The Board action included direction to staff to study options that were submitted by the City of Salinas during the hearing, use an outside expert if needed to analyze adherence to the Voting Rights Act, and to call a special meeting of the Board if it is determined that one of the Salinas options should be seriously considered as preferable to Plan D.

 

Many residents from Seaside and North County spoke in public comment, supporting the recommended map, which would result in relatively little change to existing Districts, would maintain 2 solid majority Latino districts and preserve various other important communities of interest.  Many members of the Redistricting committee also spoke in support of Plan D and expressed concerns about elements of the Salinas proposal that would break up important communities of interest in our County and possibly dilute the power of Latino voters.

 

I understand that my vote, supporting additional review of the Salinas proposal, may be upsetting to some of my constituents, especially committee members and members of the public who attended so many meetings to thoughtfully come up with a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. I want to take a moment to explain my thinking.

 

As your elected policy maker I am committed to thoughtfully making informed decisions. In this case, the City of Salinas presented information that required additional time for review and consideration. Ideally, I would have had the chance to review the proposal submitted from Salinas in advance of the Board meeting.

 

Another principle that I am committed to is the public process and encouraging public participation. Yesterday’s meeting was the second of two public hearings on the topic of redistricting. The Board appointed committee did a fantastic job of reaching out to the community in advance of these hearings, however different people choose to get involved in the public process at different times. It can be challenging and frustrating when last minute objections are made, however when those objections or suggestions are made as part of the public process they deserve consideration, too, regardless of the timing.

 

Finally, I have a long history of working in support of social justice. The issues raised by the City of Salinas of empowering minority populations to elect a representative of their choosing is especially important in a community as diverse as ours. These are not concerns to be taken lightly, and I believe that the Board has a responsibility to seriously consider all options intended to enfranchise voters.

 

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to speak at the Boards public hearings, attend the public meetings held by the Redistricting Committee, and otherwise participate in this important process.

 

The Clerk to the Board maintains an email distribution list for anyone who is interested in receiving notifications about upcoming Board agendas -- which would include announcements about any special meetings that might be called in regards to the redistricting issue. You may write to cob@co.monterey.ca.us to request inclusion on this distribution list.



Sincerely,

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Supervisor Jane Parker

PS: Additional information about the County of Monterey Supervisorial Redistricting process and recommended maps can be found online at http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/redistricting.

 

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