Mono County Redistricting: The Video Game

State and federal legislation set out the parameters for redistricting—the identification of a geographic area from which members of the House of Representatives, California Senators and Assemblymen and county supervisors are elected—done every 10 years once census data is processed. Or, as Mono Supervisor Bob Gardner bluntly defined the process “it’s a real snorer.”
But, Mono’s IT Director Nate Greenberg has given the community input requirement a new perspective—it’s now a video game. Greenberg has designed a website that will go live October 1. The site, highlighted on the County’s webpage, allows residents to see the current supervisorial district boundaries and re-draw them. The only caveat is each of the five districts should be close to one-fifth of the County’s population. The magic number is 2,639, but the realistic goal is to have five districts with no more than a 10-percent population variant.
While Mono County covers a lot of real estate, much of that real estate is unpopulated. Those unpopulated areas are indicated as such on Greenberg’s mapping page.
Once the raw data is fed into the website (at the end of this week), locals can go to the site, draw their ideal districts and see the potential population and ethnicity of each district.
According to Greenberg, the adjusted population data will be available and fed into the mapping webpage at the end of October, though no significant changes are anticipated.
At Tuesday’s Board meeting, Supervisors grappled with the concept of communities of interest and how to reach them. Christie Milovich, assistant county counsel, explained those communities include Latinx populations or could be based on social and economic issues. “We look at three things,” she said, “mutual interests, why they should be kept together and their geographic location.” The one thing that can’t be taken into consideration is the community’s political party.
The Board has laid out a calendar of the required public hearings and mapping reviews that runs through December 15. Two public hearings have already been held, the third and fourth are slated for the October 19 and November 2 Board meetings with a review of the alternative district maps. The fifth and final hearing and map review is scheduled for November 8 in a yet to be determined location, but can also be attended virtually.
The Board will make its final decision on supervisorial districts at its December 15 meeting.
Why is redistricting important? The process re-examines populations with the goal of giving voice to all segments of that population. America had to work through that process over its history. At one point, districts were drawn to break up communities with specific backgrounds to dilute the votes of some in a process called gerrymandering. It started with the Irish and southern Europeans and grew to include communities of color–black, brown and Asians.
The purpose of the virtual mapping process is the opposite of gerrymandering allowing communities of interest to have a strong voice in determining their Mono Supervisor.

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bill
bill
24 days ago

I live in the “Tri Valleys” and get nothing from my supervisor. the past supervisors have to been to busy taking care of the west side of the district.

Keith
Keith
25 days ago

Any chance we can get rid of these parasites calling themselves public servants. Mono county would be way better off financially without so much useless government who spend most of their day telling each other how great they are for doing jack. All these local politicians do is take orders from the state anyway… we might as well scrap county jurisdiction and put the money saved toward something useful.

Masked Locals
Masked Locals
27 days ago

Are you guys sure ‘Latinx’ doesn’t mean someone from Italy? I knew a guy from Italy who was all pissed off about people from Mexico calling themselves Latinos. No kidding! Cheers!

mono resident
mono resident
28 days ago

Maybe we can start a Go Fund Me to get INYOFACE the psychological assistance her/she/it so clearly needs.

Betty
Betty
27 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

He needs rehab. Somewhere that also offers English 101 would be excellent.

Jubie
Jubie
27 days ago
Reply to  mono resident

Indeed. He’s a very angry and uninformed person. Too bad he spreads his bunk here. Sadly, like him, there are those who believe these things. He is two cards shy of a full deck.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
29 days ago

So , If a Communities Demographic is majority White Conservative , Redistricting will Cure that DEPLORABLE situation , Simply Make every None White vote in the next District count as 10X , gerrymander the hell out of those filthy Trumpers.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
29 days ago

So , Redistricting will have no no affect on any communities political party.
But on the other hand !
The Process Re-Examines populations with the goal of giving a voice to all segments of that population.
America had to work through that process over its history.
At one point, Districts were drawn to break up communities with specific backgrounds to dilute the votes of some in a process called gerrymandering.

DEM-Socialist Logic , If you Can’t Beat Em .
CHEAT EM .

David Dennison
David Dennison
28 days ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

INYOFACE

The foolish things and conspiracies you mention and talk and whine about so much,a perfect reason and example as to why the “trumpers” and the republican party are so unpopular nowdays..

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
28 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

Do you actually think i am worried about your APPROVAL .
I didn’t vote for Donald J Trump to make friends !
I did it for the good of the Country i love , MY HOME.

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
28 days ago
Reply to  David Dennison

BTW , How is your BEDPAN BIDEN , The Chinese puppet coming along ?
Talk about Corruption , This guy is the KING .

Jubie
Jubie
27 days ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

Cool! Taking after the Trumpenator and calling people names. Smart Cookie you are!

Mono Person
Mono Person
29 days ago

Will white people stop using the term “latinx “ – you are —-this word is a violation of the terms of use— a beautiful language….

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
28 days ago
Reply to  Mono Person

Is MEXICAN OK ?

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
28 days ago
Reply to  Mono Person

OH , And BTW , The Language originated in SPAIN . Remember those 300+ years that the Spanish Raped and Pillaged their way up and down South and Central America.
YEP. BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE , lol

Mono Person
Mono Person
28 days ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

I want Latino and Latina, not the “make you feel like your woke enough” latinx. Don’t go all cra-cra, Inyo…..

Jubie
Jubie
27 days ago
Reply to  INYOFACE

Ummm… wrong!

INYOFACE
INYOFACE
28 days ago
Reply to  Mono Person

ISN’T “latinx” One of those Woke Democrat figures of SPEECH ?
Haa Haa Haaa , OOPS .