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SLO County Board of Supervisors unanimously approves $150K for redistricting

County of San Luis Obispo
2010 San Luis Obispo County Supervisor District Map

In a meeting April 20, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved more than $150,000 for the County Administrative Office to use in redistricting efforts.

Redistricting happens every 10 years after census data are compiled and publicized. The process involves redrawing or adjusting district lines with the goal of achieving fair legislative representation for voters.

San Luis Obispo County Administrative Office Analyst Kristin Eriksson said some of the funding will be used to launch the office’s redistricting website in May.

She said the website will include a public-facing mapping tool that will allow community members to submit suggestions and manipulate maps for possible districts.

“The mapping tools are critically important and will help with public input as well as your board’s input,” Eriksson said. “And there will be an internal mapping tool that will assist planning staff in the redrawing of maps.”

Eriksson said the funding will also pay for pre-census data analysis, auditing of the district maps, targeted public outreach and translation services at public hearings.

Former San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald is now the voter services chair for the League of Women Voters in San Luis Obispo County. She called in to the meeting to express support for approving the funding to help maximize public input.

Rodewald said the League plans to track boundary line changes throughout the redistricting process in an effort to keep people informed.

“The drawing and redrawing of district lines is too important to take place without input,” Rodewald said. “We encourage the public to stay involved and participate in these activities at all levels.”

Eriksson presented a tentative timeline for moving forward with the redistricting process now that the Board has approved funding.

The Administrative Office will likely hold a preliminary hearing in July or August to gather public input about the process.

Census data are expected to be released on September 30. The Administrative Office hopes to then hold a second public hearing and workshop in October to discuss the data.

Eriksson said the district plans to publish three to four draft redistricting maps by November 20 to be officially approved by December 14. The new districts would go into effect one month later on January 14.

Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. After graduating, she took her first job as a Producer at KSBY-TV. She returned to the KCBX team in October 2020, reporting daily for KCBX News until she moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2022. Rachel spends her off-days climbing rocks, cooking artichokes and fighting crosswords with friends.
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