Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Redistricting Commission proposes blatantly gerrymandered Council districts
QCC received several complaints from member civics that the Commission’s first draft boundary map did not take the opportunity to fix some towns that were separated in the 2003 redistricting. On the contrary, the Commission has proposed additional changes that in some cases further divided traditional, contextual and geographical communities. QCC has submitted a comprehensive proposal that addresses these guiding principles: meet charter population requirements; keep traditional towns and “areas of common interest” together; utilize natural boundaries or straight lines wherever possible; and, consider demographic distribution in the districts. Following are links to QCC’s Report and supporting maps and charts.
See how the tweeders wanted to divide your community.
QCC Queenswide Redistricting Report The old tricks are all here - racial politics, carving out incumbents' potential opponents, etc. Despite what you may have read in the weaklies that "the commission proposed minor boundary changes based on shifts in population," in fact, they proposed major changes that will dramatically affect Council representation for the next 10 years.
You can testify at today's 5:30pm hearing at LaGuardia Community College or send written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll be focusing on some of the changes on the blog in the coming days.