10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Determining which Riverside neighborhood will be shifted to a new supervisorial district is the only unresolved issue in redrawing Riverside County lines, officials said Tuesday.

Riverside County supervisors set three public meetings — for June 28 and July 12 and 26 — so residents can review and comment on the proposed district lines. Supervisors could then approve the new boundaries on July 26.

District lines change every 10 years following the national census. Each of the five districts is being realigned to divide the county’s 2,189,641 residents as evenly as possible. Each district should have 437,928 people.

Supervisors approve the district lines, based on recommendations from a seven-member committee consisting of Assessor Larry Ward; Jay Orr, an assistant county executive officer; and each board member’s chief of staff.

One goal is to keep cities from being split by the districts, said Tom Mullen II, deputy director of the Transportation and Land Management Agency. Riverside is the only city split by the proposed boundaries, although some cities would move to new supervisorial districts. Among them:

Menifee, from Supervisor Jeff Stone’s 3rd District, to Supervisor Marion Ashley’s 5th District.

Canyon Lake, from Stone’s district to Bob Buster’s 1st District.

Desert Hot Springs and portions of North Palm Springs, from Ashley’s district to Supervisor John Benoit’s 4th District.

The unincorporated community of Highgrove, north of Riverside, from Ashley’s district to Supervisor John Tavaglione’s 2nd District.

The committee’s only remaining issue is where to divide Riverside between Buster and Tavaglione.

Tavaglione’s district needs to acquire a piece of Riverside to balance the population in his and Buster’s districts.

One proposal, by Dave Stahovich, Buster’s top aide, would shift residents north of Arlington Avenue to Tavaglione’s district. The divide between the two districts would remain Highway 91 through most of the city.

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