Supervisors one step closer to completing redistricting

By Debra Moore

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Canyon Dam would remain in District 3; the Feather River Canyon w0uld remain in District 2; and West Quincy and much of East Quincy would remain in District 4.

Those are just some of the preferences voiced by Plumas County Supervisors during the redistricting public hearing held Nov. 23. The hearing, with input from just one member of the public, lasted about an hour.

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Supervisors reviewed several maps presented by the redistricting committee, but didn’t select one in its entirety. Rather the board opted to meld pieces of a couple of maps together.

This process is required by law and is repeated every 10 years following the Census. It’s an effort to keep the supervisorial districts as balanced as possible by population. That has always proved a challenge in Plumas County where the greatest population base is Quincy/East Quincy and the least amount of population resides in Indian Valley, which was true even before the fire.

Once the new map is drawn, it will be published and scheduled for adoption Dec. 7. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the new map is expected to be ready sometime next week.

In selecting a map, supervisors had to use the following criteria as much as possible: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographical integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.) and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political part.

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This is the district map that has been in place since the 2010 census:

 

 

District 1 is represented by Dwight Ceresola

District 2 is represented by Kevin Goss

District 3 is represented by Sherrie Thrall

District 4 is represented by Greg Hagwood

District 5 is represented by Jeff Engel

While each supervisor is elected by the voters in his or her district, they make decisions that impact the entire county.

“To me these are merely lines,” District 5 Supervisor and Chairman Jeff Engel said. “These lines are nothing but little pawns on a chess game. To me, we represent everyone in Plumas County … to dicker over this and redraw maps it’s a waste of time.”

“I echo Mr. Engel’s sentiment,” District 4 Supervisor Greg Hagwood said.

Plumas News will post the final draft map when it becomes available next week.