Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:52 am

Mountain residents have yet another opportunity to travel down to the Covington Chambers at the county government center to make their voices heard on the supervisorial redistricting process.

Many have traveled down to San Bernardino twice before—taking time away from work and family—to express their opinions. There is concern those opinions have not been heard.

“Disconcerting” was the way Joseph Turner, special projects coordinator to 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry, put it at last week’s Lake Arrowhead Municipal Advisory Council meeting.

Turner noted that numerous people had gone down twice, calling for “one mountain, one district.”

Now, he said, “we have members of the board saying we want more people involved and communicating their viewpoints.”

We urge the people of the mountain—from Cedarpines Park to Big Bear—to fulfill their request. Show up on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 2 p.m., fill out an intent to speak form and tell the five supervisors what you think.

Being there in person is best, but we recognize many can’t get away from their obligations in the middle of a work day. In that case, we encourage you to send e-mails to all five supervisors, expressing your thoughts on redistricting. See the box on page A9 for their addresses.

Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who represents the 2nd District, which currently includes Crestline and its immediate communities, has made it clear she wants to maintain her presence on the mountain.

Not only does she want to continue representing Crestline, but she hopes to extend her district boundaries to include Lake Arrowhead and possibly Running Springs.

For his part, 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry, who represents all the mountain communties from Lake Arrowhead to Big Bear, wants to expand his district slightly westward to include Crestline.

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