10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A third proposal for how to split Riverside among county supervisors Bob Buster and John Tavaglione was unveiled Tuesday, keeping the Eastside neighborhood together as residents urged.

The proposal, suggested by Tavaglione, is now the third option supervisors face as part of a decennial redistricting to balance the population of the county’s five supervisorial districts.

Supervisors on Tuesday approved holding public meetings on July 26 and Aug. 16 to solicit community input on the newest proposal.

The planned district lines released Tuesday would move residents between Highway 91 and Victoria Avenue south of Victoria Country Club to Tavaglione’s district, as far south as Mary Street.

Tavaglione’s Second District must gain residents while Buster needs to decrease the population of his First District.

In June, Buster and Tavaglione each suggested where the residents should come from. Buster’s office proposed moving residents north of Arlington Avenue to Tavaglione’s district.

John Field, Tavaglione’s chief of staff, made a counter-proposal to shift some of the Eastside and Victoria Avenue area to the Second District.

Residents, some who spoke Tuesday, opposed Field’s plan because it separated the Casa Blanca and Eastside neighborhoods among the two supervisorial districts. Both neighborhoods are historically Latino, and dividing them would dilute the Latino vote, they said.

“Both share the same community concerns,” said Victorino Mendoza, a Casa Blanca resident.

Tavaglione agreed Eastside should stay in Buster’s district, but stressed the redistricting means he has to increase his district’s population.

Picking up the neighborhood south of the country club, basically between Mary, Victoria, Arlington Avenue and the Victoria Arroyo and the 91, satisfies most of the population shift, officials said.

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