Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dallas City Council Redistricting Maps to be presented 9-24-11, a comparison

Ten additional redistricting maps, along with the original one submitted by the Redistricting Commission, are now online at There you will find a staff prepared analysis, and a large 48" x 36" copy, for each of the 11 maps that will be discussed at the 3:00 PM public meeting on 9/24/11 in Dallas City Council.
Using the data from the analysis provided for each of these 11 plans, the following chart was created.  It provides critical data to use in selecting the best plan for the future of Dallas. It is clear which plan is the most compact and provides the strongest minority representation.

Click to enlarge above chart of Dallas City Council Redistricting Plans to be discussed 9/24/11
The above chart was attached to the following letter to the Dallas Mayor and City Council.  It was delivered 9/23/11.  The letter explains the conclusions reached due to the chart.

Click on letter to enlarge and/or print.
Mayor Mike Rawlings today posted rules that will be followed during the 3:00 PM hearing Saturday:

- Each presenter will be given a specific allotted time depending on the final maps presented and this will be determined close to the start of the meeting. If a presenter has two maps, I may ask to bundle them together and time adjustments will be given.
-City Council has approximately 5-10 minutes total to ask questions for clarifications
about amendments only. Please no debate at this time.
- The General Public will then be given specific allotted time to discuss the
strengths/weakness of the map and each speaker will be asked to limit their comments to two maps only. Speakers have until 2PM on Saturday to sign up to speak.
- At the close of the meeting, each Councilmember will be given 5 minutes apiece to express their opinions about the amendments to the maps.

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