Redistricting Commission Update: City Attorney filed the mandated petition to state court last Friday [excerpts below]. It requests court delay making map until early February, to give Commission time to pass a map w/super-majority vote before end of January. Failing that... 1/5 Image
...the City Attorney would then file the petition, asking the State use whatever Commission map has the most commissioner support by then, subject to legality, instead of the Court drawing its own boundaries... 2/5 Image
...Commission would continue to try to pass a super-majority [9 of 13 votes] map by April 17. If they succeed in doing so, that map would be the City's final district map, super-ceding whatever map the state was going to use by then. 3/5 Image
Parker's plan requires the Commission to work diligently to produce the map under the charter-mandated process--a 9 out of 13 vote map. But allows whatever map has the most support by February to serve as the court-created map. Of course, the court must accept all this. 4/5
There's a fair chance Commission could fail to pass a map according to Commission's rules, i.e., 9 of 13 votes, because they could lose quorum. But if Court accepts Parker's plan, a Commission created map would still become law--in an extremely struggle scenario 5/5
An example of how weird everything about Redistricting is, the City Attorney issued a copy of the petition with an "FAQ" in its FAQ section on the City's website. At the very bottom of the page. It's not on the Redistricting page…
As a matter of scheduling, It seems pretty unlikely the Commission will be able to formally pass a map before February 1, given the rescheduling of this week's meeting and the 14 day public viewing requirement.
Keep in mind, that the actual far bigger problem in last two meetings wasn't a hills only district, but that F3 doesn't give D7 the Coliseum. Keeping it in D7 seems to be one Commissioners only goal and its one of the biggest supposed complaints from interested orgs calling in
F3 didn't respond well to tinkering focused only on moving the Coliseum back into D7. Trying to squeeze it back in won't necessarily lead to good CVAPs while also balancing district population deviation. A large number of callers and emailers don't seem to care

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