Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0451    Version: 1 Name: CC - Redistricting Update
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 5/11/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Title: Recommendation to receive and file an update on the status of the Independent Redistricting Commission applications. (Citywide)
Sponsors: City Clerk, City Manager
Attachments: 1. 051920-R-14sr&att.pdf, 2. 051920-R-14 PowerPoint.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to receive and file an update on the status of the Independent Redistricting Commission applications. (Citywide)

DISCUSSION
The Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission (Commission) was established by initiative Measure DDD in 2018. As required by this amendment to the City Charter (Charter), an application period for residents interested in serving on the Commission opened on April 1, 2020, and will close on June 30, 2020. Charter Section 2505 requires a minimum of 35 qualified applicants, including three from each existing City Council district. As of May 8, 2020, the City has received 154 applications, and has met the Charter’s applicant pool requirement. As a result, the application period will end on June 30, 2020, as it is not necessary to extend the application period.

Commission staff will continue to focus on additional outreach to increase the diversity in the applicant pool. The demographic information of the current applicants, as of May 8, 2020, is included in the Attachment.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations to protect public health, implement safety guidelines, and to ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities. Operational adjustments include changing the expected date of delivering redistricting counts to states from no later than April 1, 2021 to no later than July 31, 2021. This adjustment has been proposed by the Census Bureau and is pending Congressional approval. As a result, the City’s redistricting timeline in 2021 may be impacted; however, the recruitment and selection process will not change. Commission staff will continue to monitor this development.

This update is required by the Long Beach City Charter Section 2505 to inform the Mayor and the City Council on the Commissioner applications received, and any additional outreach that is being undertaken or planned to ensure the applicant pool has a sufficient number of qu...

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