Garden Grove

Re-districting possible for ’22

IN THE WAKE of the 2020 U.S. Census, some local districts may need to be re-drawn (Shutterstock).

“Pride” banner at clock tower considered

As Forrest Gump might put it, “Re-districting is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”

On Tuesday, the Garden Grove City Council will consider retaining Compass Demographics at the cost of $47,000 to study the results of the 2020 U.S. Census and determine if, and how, the city’s six city council district boundaries should be re-drawn.

Under the “one-person, one-vote” principle, legislative districts at all levels must be comprised of roughly equal population sizes. Changes or shifts in the number of residents in a given district could result in the redrawing of the district maps for the 2022 elections.

Garden Grove’s seven-member council consists of a mayor who is elected at-large by all voters, and six council members chosen by district.

Also on the agenda is a resolution declaring June to be LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, “Queer”] Pride Month. In a potentially related item, there will be a discussion regarding posting a “Pride” banner at the clock tower in Village Green park, as requested by Mayor Pro Tem Kim Nguyen.

She initially made the request at the last council meeting, and when there was no objection, it appeared to be approved without a formal vote. Some council members have since requested a more official process to consider the request.

The city council will meet in person in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m.

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