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County Supervisors Approve Proposed Redistricting Map

Few changes are made to Santa Barbara County's five supervisorial districts

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a redistricting map with few changes after considering 16 proposals for redrawing the five supervisorial districts.

The 3-2 vote came after months of public outreach and workshops, and new maps will come back to the board on Aug. 2.

There are few changes, the largest being the division of Santa Maria and Lompoc, shown on the map proposals by bright green areas.

The goal of redistricting is to balance representation by North and South County, population and communities of interest. Each of Santa Barbara’s five districts has 84,000 to 86,000 residents.

Goleta resident George Relles drew the chosen map, and Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf asked that about 900 people be moved to her district from the First District to preserve the Mesa area.

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Approved Redistricting Plan Proposal by George Relles

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» on 07.14.11 @ 01:58 PM

Before anyone gets too excited about the County adopting a citizen’s map, everyone should be aware that Mr. Relles is a long time card-carrying member of the Schwart/Jackson/et al Democratic Machine.  One must wonder if a more balanced Board would have selected this plan.  Splitting Lompoc and leaving Isla Vista as is are particulary outrageous.

» on 07.14.11 @ 01:59 PM

You have to admit watching the games makes for a great joke. 

Imagine what would have been the comments made by the socialist left (represented by SBCAN) if the 3 deciding supervisors had belonged instead to the most conservative Republican organization in the county.  Yet there has been nary a peep about Relles having been a consultant with SBCAN the tip of the spear for “progressive” Democrates (socialist in viewpoint).  Nope, the 3 vote majority openly belongs to SBCAN, SBCAN has openly stated IV and UCSB is critical in swinging votes in the 3rd District, and without the votes in IV, former Supervisor Marshall would have been recalled from office.

Deep in the Santa Ynez Valley, Farr gained approximately 30% of the vote.  Splitting Lompoc and maintaining IV in the 3rd District is about gerrymandering.  That is crystal clear.

Business as usual.  Taking a completely neutral position and look at the rhetoric the excuses were amusing.

» on 07.14.11 @ 03:31 PM

Wow, the colab spin machine is outdoing its typical rhetoric with the
McCarthy-like accusations re what they ominously label “membership”
in a particular group as somehow disqualifying one from submitting or voting
for a map. On top of that is the obvious irony and hypocrisy of su h a specious attack, considering that COlAB, a group heavily supported by north
County supes, submitted two of its own maps.  Chilling.

» on 07.14.11 @ 03:59 PM

Did not take long…..*chuckle*

‘am not, never have been a member of COLAB.  My observations are part of the public record.  Yes, the comments at yesterday’s meeting are still amusing.

Let the attacks begin…...........................!

» on 07.14.11 @ 09:05 PM

I’m a member of the fair-districting, non-gerrymandering, government-should-be-for-the-people-not-the-parties, group.  The people of Lompoc should be particularly outraged.  We should have the same redistricting process at the local level as was just demanded and approved by the voters for the state level.

» on 07.14.11 @ 09:08 PM

SBLOGIC do you really think that Relles’ proposal wasn’t approved, if not actually created, by the progressive-liberal-socialist group he is long associated with?  Wake up and smell the gerrymandering!

» on 07.15.11 @ 05:00 AM

California is in big trouble because 50-60% in this state pay no income tax. We are the number one lazy state in the nation, lets hope this change will save us—

Too many in the democratic party are paid off by unions and trial lawyers killing business.

Capps has the welfare and student vote locked up, and that group doesn’t work.This must work out for the poor private sector worker,who has to carry the load for the lazy.

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