Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/06/2011 08:17:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – As the state looks to redraw its political map, the city may experience some redistricting of its own soon.

The City Council, in a 6-0 vote Monday night, moved forward with efforts to establish a task force that will analyze the 2010 Census data to potentially redraw the boundaries of the city’s seven wards.

“There may be redistricting and there may not be, depending on the future analysis,” said James Graham, the assistant to City Manager Charles McNeely.

The 2010 Census showed the city’s population at 209,924, Graham said.

That was up from 185,382 residents in 2000, he said.

According to the City Charter, the mayor and council are required to divide the city into seven wards of roughly equal population.

The wards are to be maintained according to population and can be adjusted as the population shifts.

However, they are not to be adjusted more than once in any two-year period, nor within 90 days of a general election.

The task force will determine each ward’s population and develop redistricting alternatives.

The redistricting process is anticipated to wrap up in July next year.

During the process, the task force will make presentations to the council and conduct workshops with community groups.

Representatives on the redistricting task force will come from the City Manager’s Office, Council Office and City Attorney’s Office, as well as members from community development, information services and public works.

The only elected official allowed to serve on the task force is City Clerk Rachel Clark or her designee.

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