Board's first question to Reudrich is about "Problematic drawing around southeast." Specifically because his proposal whole break up Saxman and Ketchikan.

The court has already said it's "impermissible" under prior attempts.
He says it's justified because the Saxman area is connected more with Sitka than Ketchikan.
Reudrich just says Southeast is hard to map because of its "extreme length and lack of width."

Board member Nicole Borromeo, who went to Mt. Edgecumbe, says the whole proposal for Southeast doesn't work and doesn't reflect the real connections in the community.
Then there's some questions about this "a very strange appendage" dealing with Hooper Bay and Southwest. Image
Bahnke says Reudrich's plan is overly focused on minimizing the deviation from the ideal population at the expense of the other constitutional requirements.
And then there's this district tying Nikiski to South Anchorage.

Talk about appendages. Image
As questions were heating up about Reudrich's Anchorage-area maps, Chair Binkley calls a quick break.
Then there's a question about including Cordova in with the Interior villages.

Ruedrich says it's his best attempt at solving "The complicated problem of Cordova as a place."

He says they wanted to be put with Kodiak and not Valdez... so he put them with the Interior.
Well is there any socio-economic integration with the Interior? (Not really.)

Ruedrich: "It is not blessed with a road system."

Borromeo notes it also has daily flights and an all-year port... unlike much of the Interior villages.
Ruedrich on the drawing of Kenai/Anchorage maps: "This is an attempt to cure the habitual abuse of Kenai."

He says they've historically had too much population.
On Ruedrich's proposed plan for the Anchorage area.

Borromeo says there's "all kinds of strange appendages. ... I could not rationalize this part of the map."
Borromeo kinda just spikes the whole plan. She says there's a lot of strange pairings and broken boundaries.

She says it's a good example of why trying to focus in on the numbers undermines the rest.
Borromeo also has questions about the "strange appendages" from the Alaskans for Fair Redistricting plan presented by David Dunsmore. They're looking at SE.
Been listening to the hearing. Far less silly stuff going around.

But really interesting listening to Borromeo (with a little bit of Bahnke) really digging into every plan. Asking for the reasoning/evidence behind pretty much everything.

Good to build the record.
And that's it for the overviews of the third-party boards.

Now the #akredistrict board is going to be discussing changes to its generally panned draft proposals, which are loaded with all sorts of weird appendages.
Here's one of the updated plans for Southeast.

Hard to really parse out any of the significant changes not having a clear plan in front of me/knowing anything about Southeast. Image
Yeah, really having a hard time parsing out the difference between the older plans and these ones.
The Eastman district would go all the way up to Nenana now. It had previously stopped around Healy.
Eagle River would get a donut district. Where the core would be its own district and it would be surrounded by the outer Eagle River area.

The delineation, it seems, would be who has sewer and who doesn't. Image
It looks like they've adopted the two updated plans to replace the initial two that have gone out. It sounded like there may be some tweaks to board member Borromeo's plan that sounded relatively minor in nature.
And now considering whether to adopt any of the five public plans as a proposal.

Bahnke asks that the Doyon Coalition plan be adopted. Simpson seconds it. They do.
The Alaska Democratic Party's plan looked like it was maybe in trouble, but Chair Binkley offered a second.

Member Borromeo objects but only after they already adopted it. There's some flavors of #akleg here as they sort out the motions that they need to take with it.
Borromeo says the ADP plan "sliced and diced" the Kenai and says it's not fit to be taken on the road with the Alaska Redistricting Board.

Simpson says there's other Democratic plans that are better.

Binkley says there aren't any other partisan plans.
Bahnke says the hope is to have several plans available to take them on the road to hear from Alaskans.

Marcum says the public has already had the opportunity to sound off on the plans and they should keep them limited.

Bahnke says input has been limited. Binkley agrees.
Binkley says the board should take more plans with it. He says you might disagree with the entirety of the plan but there may be minor parts of it that are of value and worth shopping to the public.

Borromeo says sure, but that it should be focused with 60-day deadline.
Borromeo says she doesn't think the plan has the merits to be taken on the public roadshow.

Bahnke says she doesn't think 7 are unmanageable. "There are parts of each plan that are flawed. ... It gives us the opportunity to hear from the public."
They end up nixing the ADP plan. Marcum, Simpson and Borromeo effectively voted against it.
As for the Ruedrich-driven plan, Borromeo says she also has problems with the plan for rural Alaska but says it's more warranted for consideration than the Alaska Democratic Party's plan.
Simpson praises Ruedrich's plan for "having really good deviation numbers."

They adopt it without problems.
WELP. A dog just yankd off its bandage and is working on his stitches.
So it lokos like all the plans but the ADP plan got accepted for the road show

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