Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Samoa redistricted to the 3rd?
By reading the recommended guidelines for Humboldt County redistricting, I would say that Samoa should be a prime target to be moved to the 3rd Supervisorial District. "District lines cannot be drawn to split up communities of interest, which state law defines as a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation." That would seem to define the Peninsula well. Manila, Samoa, Finntown and Fairhaven all seem to share interest, and if the Manila Community Service District expands the juristiction to all of the peninsula we would definetly be contigous. "Districts must be in one contigous space."I believe the only reason the South Peninsula area was included in the 4th District was because of land owned by the City of Eureka and the Industrial properties. Not too much industry going on now. Other guidelines include preservation of cities which I have already covered and current Supervisors can not be drawn out of their districts. The only elected political position that would be affected would be the 4th Division Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioner. Oh, that would be me!