Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/01/2012 05:25:59 PM PDT
The redistricting is required because some wards have grown more than others since the 2000 census, when current boundaries were set.
A task force composed of city staffers presented three maps – Proposals A, B and C – with options for the council to review in May, but council members requested several changes.
None of the council members’ requests conflicted with requests by other members, and the changes were incorporated in a map known as Proposal D.
“That’s D for `decision,”‘ said Mayor Pat Morris.
Councilwoman Wendy McCammack, who represents the 7th Ward, which would lose more than 700 people in the area east of G Street and north of Highland Avenue under Proposal D, said she thought the combined proposal looked good.
“It’s pretty basic and simple,” McCammack said. “We didn’t grow by that much, and therefore they’re minimum adjustments to each ward.”
Census figures show San Bernardino, one of the few area cities to divide its residents into wards, each of which votes for a council member, grew by about 13 percent since the boundaries were last changed in 2000.
The proposed changes generally move a few blocks of people from one ward to another, with a goal of keeping as many people as possible in their previous ward to avoid confusion and allow people to know which council member represents them.
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