Letter: Petulance prevails in districting beef

If I hadn’t witnessed this redistricting slow simmering stew show, I would not have believed it possible. There were only 2 maps to be voted on – after all the maps submitted, these were supposed to be the final two. Most of the almost 500 public comments were in support of legal Map A6 modified later that day to A7, while the other map is called illegal per the Maps Act. So the majority supes, all men, kept trying to keep the illegal one and tried to modify that, despite two lawyers telling them it would guarantee a lawsuit.

Even if you watch the replay – you won’t be able to see or hear Kimmelshue up at the illegal wall map suggesting the changes he wants now, calling his new maps Tod 1 and Tod 2. Then Kimmelshue wanted to add in another old map A5 – not even on the agenda – until the women’s voice of reason on the Brown Act violations won that skirmish. Petulance prevailed, population did not. Even though as Dave Garcia effectively pointed out, that redistricting is based on population https://www.aclu.org/news/voting-rights/what-is-redistricting-and-why-should-we-care/, not what Ag reps want nor is Butte County a rural county but a suburban one: https://www.counties.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/2020-june3-countycaucusesinfographic-4-final.pdf

— Mary Kay Benson, Chico 

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