First published in the Oct. 1 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
The city of South Pasadena has officially launched its redistricting process with an updated website that contains all the information and resources the community needs to get involved, located at s southpasadenaca.gov/redistricting2021.
Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the United States Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Members of the South Pasadena community are encouraged to participate in the redistricting process to help make certain district lines respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements.
The webpage includes background information on redistricting with a tentative schedule of participation opportunities, frequently asked questions and resources for drafting maps and sharing feedback on previously drawn maps. Residents are encouraged to visit the website to share information about redistricting, submit feedback and eventually draw maps for City Council’s consideration.
The first of four legally required public hearings is scheduled to take place Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the regular City Council meeting in the Council Chambers and streamed virtually. Residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the redistricting process, review current district compositions and provide feedback on where district lines should be drawn.
The city is also hosting two community workshops to engage the public on the redistricting process. The first workshop is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, via Zoom. At the community workshops, the public will receive training on the mapping tools that will be available and an opportunity to provide feedback on communities of interest.
As the process moves forward, the city will continue to update the redistricting website to include additional details on future public hearings, mapping opportunities, new facts and more.
To sign up for updates and information about the redistricting process and future public meetings, visit southpasadenaca.gov/redistricting2021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.