10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County residents can make suggestions for new boundaries for the five Board of Supervisors districts at a meeting Friday or by going online.

The meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Covington Chambers of the county government center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.

Every 10 years district lines are redrawn, if needed, to make sure each district has about the same number of residents.

Census data show the county has 2,035,210 residents; each district should have about 407,042 residents. The current first district exceeds that average by 58,496, according to a county news release. The second district exceeds it by 22,955. The third district is below the average by 22,535, the fourth district is 40,556 below and the fifth district 18,360 below.

Some of the critera for new boundaries include:

Each district must be contiguous territory.

Each district must respect “communities of interest” as much as possible.

District borders should follow visible geographical and topographical features as much as possible.

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