The Greensboro Redistribution Committee, after a long and unsuccessful discussion, reached consensus that the revised version of the “Pie Map Version 2” was their number one preference for redesigning the five districts of the country. municipal Council.
The redistribution committee meetings undoubtedly meet a minimum “public meeting” standard as defined by the North Carolina Open Meetings Act, as there were cameras and microphones in the meeting room. ‘city Hall. However, with masks worn by participants and inadequate sound, it is extremely difficult to understand what was being said or even what exactly was being discussed.
Also for much of the meeting, Greensboro Director of Planning Sue Schwartz wrote down on billboard-sized paper and then indicated what she had written, presumably the names of different cards. What was written on the board was completely indecipherable to anyone watching the broadcast on YouTube, making it impossible for anyone watching to know what it was.
Six of the seven committee members agreed that the pie-shaped card would be the card sent to city council as a recommendation. The only obstacle was Marlene Sanford, representing the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (TREBIC), who initially suggested that the committee look at the pie-shaped card.
The current pie-shaped map that will be recommended to city council moves 26 ridings while population needs could be met by moving as few as two ridings.
The most outspoken supporter of the pie-shaped card was Steve Bowden, representing the George C. Simkins Jr. Memorial Political Action Committee. Bowden said that in his opinion, rather than presenting city council with a number of options, the committee should make a strong recommendation for the map that the overwhelming majority supported and which would be best for the city at the time. ‘to come up.
Bowden agreed that another card could be presented to city council if in the presentation he was “verbalized that we don’t like him”.
Sanford said: “We really have a consensus for the pie-shaped card as the best option.”
The pie-shaped map, unlike all the other maps under review, is based on the districts that were drawn in 2001, where the five city council districts enter the city center and extend towards the boundaries. from the city.
The other maps are all based on the current city council district map where District 5 is very different from the other districts along the outskirts of the city from the southeast to the area around the Piedmont Triad International Airport.
You can find more information about the cards here: Electoral redistribution