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Placer Board approves tentative map for supervisorial districts
Published on Dec. 2, 2021
At its Nov. 30 meeting, the Placer County Board of Supervisors supported a new supervisorial district map to reflect population growth as per 2020 Census data.
The board voted 3-2 to tentatively approve map Alternative A, which was drawn by county staff based on input received over the preceding months of community meetings and public comments. Map A is viewable on the Redistricting Placer website, here.
The tentative map was supported by Board Chair and District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt, District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes and District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson.
District 1 Supervisor Bonnie Gore and District 4 Supervisor Suzanne Jones favored other alternatives.
On Nov. 10, the Placer County Advisory Redistricting Commission voted to recommend supervisorial map alternatives A, C2, and B.2-P1C Hybrid.
The board is scheduled to vote during its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 7 to formally adopt the new map, which would take effect in early 2022. This action also serves to minimize the delay for future county supervisor candidates to begin their candidate filing process for the June election.
If finalized, supervisorial boundaries would shift District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes’ residence from District 3 into District 5. By law, supervisors are required to live in the districts that they represent; however, Holmes would continue to serve out the remaining three years of his current term.
The redistricting process is initiated in the year following the U.S Census, which happens once every 10 years as required by the U.S. Constitution.
Census data allows county officials to realign supervisorial districts, accounting for shifts in population growth since the last Census and assuring equal representation for their constituents in compliance with the “one-person, one-vote” principle of the Voting Rights Act.
Typically, the redistricting process takes about seven to nine months to complete, however, the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the final Census data from the 2020 countywide population count to September, putting the county on an accelerated timeline to finalize a map.
Archived videos, presentations, and information about the 2021 redistricting process can be found at https:www.placer.ca.gov/redistricting.