Fresno · Politics

Fresno Co. Supervisors chart path, seek to finalize new district boundaries

Tuesday, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors considered three maps that were recommended by the Fresno County Advisory Redistricting Commission.

Those maps included one submitted by the public, Public 101B, and two submitted by the technical consultant hired by the county, National Demographics Corporation, NDC 120 and NDC 121.

The NDC said all three maps follow the California Fair Maps Act, which includes community input.

One of the main focuses of redistricting was balancing the population in each district.

Currently, District 5 has a much higher population where as District 4 is the most underpopulated.

The recommended maps were met with pushback from the community.

The Fresno Inclusive Families Coalition released a statement saying the recommended maps violate the Fair Maps Act by dividing families and communities of interest.

The creators of maps Public 116 and Public 118 spoke out Tuesday asking for the board to consider their maps, arguing the recommended maps protected the incumbents and don’t consider underserved populations.

“I believe map 116 is the best because it complies with the new law and it’s more likely to guarantee that our future elected representatives will listen to and respond to community concerns from county roads to child protective services,” said former Fresno County Supervisor Juan Arambula.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.