2020 US Census, Politics, Marin County, Board of Supervisors, Redistricting, Latinos, Voting – CBS San Francisco
SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) – After each new census, every county in California is required by law to reassess its political districts. The supervisory board just approved Marin’s new boundaries and it could give Latinos in the county more political clout.
The story begins in San Quentin prison. The state recently ruled that inmates who live there should be considered residents of the last place they last lived, not San Rafael. As a result, the city’s population fell by several thousand people.
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“And that really made District 4 under-represented,” Marin County Deputy Administrator Dan Eilerman said. “So that’s where we really focused, and District 4 includes the canal area. “
Those who redrawn the neighborhood boundaries had to relocate residents from other neighborhoods, but the law prioritizes so-called “communities of interest”.
“… and figure out who shares things like language, economic metrics, are they living in multi-family dwellings,” Eilerman said.
And that pointed directly to the canal district. As such, District 4 will now include the Latin dominated neighborhoods along Lincoln Avenue and part of Brett Harte and Cal Park.
Omar Carrera, CEO of Canal Alliance, pushed for change.
“So this is the major achievement,” he said, “that now this community will be able to speak louder to its elected official. “
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Carrera said the new district boundaries will make it easier to defend her community with one supervisor rather than three.
“This means we have a strong block of residents to represent in District 4,” said supervisor Dennis Rodoni.
Supervisor Rodoni represents District 4 and said he believed he would speak with greater authority before the board on issues affecting Latinos.
“And now, because of that, I represent the majority of the Hispanic and LatinX community in Marin,” Rodoni said.
But more than anything, those who pushed for the change hope it will make Latino residents feel like part of the system and not be afraid to make their voices heard in the political landscape.
“No one is going to thrive in Marin County unless the Latin American community thrives as well,” Carrera said. “And I think that’s the message we want to send to all levels, including politics.”
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The new boundaries were approved by the Supervisory Board on December 14, and the new quarters went into effect immediately.