The County of Santa Barbara today announced the launch of an updated County website and a series of public meetings to involve residents in the Supervisorial redistricting process taking place during 2011. Redistricting is required after each census to balance the population among the districts.
By logging onto www.countyofsb.org/ceo/redistricting2011, residents can learn why it is important for them to be aware of and take part in the redistricting process. The website includes background information on the Supervisorial redistricting process, timelines, as well as schedule of upcoming public meetings. As the redistricting process continues through the spring and summer, the website will add agendas, links to the video recordings of the public meetings and any complete redistricting plans that may be submitted by the public. Online maps and 2010 Census data for Santa Barbara County will allow the public to develop and submit redistricting plans to the County for consideration.
“Our goal is to educate and empower County residents to become involved in this redistricting process,” said County Executive Chandra Wallar. “The website is user friendly, enabling all residents to access information, review plans, make suggestions and develop plans. Anyone can sign up to receive Twitter announcements or email notifications of the latest news and information of upcoming community meetings in each Supervisor’s district.”
The first public meeting will be held on May 16th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Carpinteria City Hall. A brief presentation on the legal requirements of redistricting, overview of the 2010 Census data and an outline of the steps and timeline will lead off the agenda. The presentation will be followed by a public question and comment period.
Other public meetings will be held:
May 18th from 3:00PM to 6:00PM at the Board Hearing Room in Santa Barbara
May 23rd from 1:00PM to 4:00PM at the Lompoc City Hall, City Council Chambers
May 23rd from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Guadalupe City Hall, City Council Chambers
May 25th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Board Hearing Room in Santa Maria
May 31st from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Goleta City Hall, City Council Chambers
June 1st from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at the Solvang City Hall, City Council Chambers
Spanish translation will be available at all of the public meetings.