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City Council Voter District Redistricting

by Randee Humphrey

Wonky!  Geeky!  For folks who dig maps!  Contrary to what you might think, redistricting is NOT a boring topic, and it will likely have an impact on all of us in Ginter Park whether we live in the 3rd district (Councilor, Ann-Frances Lambert,ann-frances.lambert@richmondgov.com ) or 2nd district (Councilor, Katherine Jordan, Jordan, Katherine.Jordan@richmondgov.com  ). There are two additional meetings this week (noted below) that are open to all and during which you can witness–in real time–real people with GIS skills redrawing the current boundaries of City Council districts to achieve a more balanced electorate in each district, based on the 2020 census.  Each of these meetings includes a public comment period for your questions and observations about the process.

WHY THIS PROCESS MATTERS

For redistricting purposes and based on 2020 census data, Richmond has a redistricting population of 228,501. With the adjusted population numbers, the city now has four (up from a previous three) Richmond Voter Districts whose numbers are outside a five percent variance/deviation of what represents an “ideal” number of 25,389 persons living in them (which is the total population divided by nine Richmond Voter Districts). These include:

  • Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District

Adjusted Richmond Redistricting population makes the Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District over the “ideal” population (of 25,389) by +1,871 residents, with a variance of +7.37% (Previous variance, using just U. S. Census population, was +8.02 %). This means the Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District would need to move at least an estimated 614 people out of that district to be within +5% variance.

  • Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District

Adjusted Richmond Redistricting population makes the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District under the “ideal” population (of 25,389) by -2,794 residents, with a variance of -11.00% (Previous variance, using just U. S. Census population, was -11.69%). This means the Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District would need to move at least an estimated 1537 people into that district to be within -5% variance.

Mapping New Boundaries

In Wednesday night’s meeting, one of the demonstration maps that was drawn to show how a rebalancing of districts might be achieved moved the boundaries of District 2, shifting voters currently living in Rosedale, Sherwood Park, and a portion of Laburnum Park out of District 2 and into District 3. Whether this would be a good thing or not, who knows? But it could happen, and you can say you were part of the discussion that led you to an informed opinion when the time rolls around later this spring for the City Council to vote on the final proposed redistricting map.  Heck, you could even speak to the subject during a Council meeting, or send your comments to your City Council representative.

Here’s a link to the City website where you’ll find details on the redistricting process, links to video recordings of past meetings, and a timeline of City Council’s process to accomplish its redistricting mandate.

Participate

And here are the next two sessions where the public can be part of the map drawing exercise:

Just a reminder that you may preview City Council schedule, Agendas, and the prcoesses for citizen participation here:

https://richmondva.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

To watch City Council Meetings:

https://www.rva.gov/office-city-clerk/council-meetings 

Remember the Boulevard Clean-up, Saturday, February 12, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers will meet up and receive supplies at the north end of the parking lot of the Quality Inn Hotel, located at 3207 N Arthur Ashe Blvd Richmond, VA 23230. Parking will be available.  Be part of the solution! 

  1. The cleanup will extend from where N Arthur Ashe and Hermitage intersect with Brookland Parkway, south down Arthur Ashe and Hermitage to Robin Hood Rd.
  2. We are partnering with Clean Sweep RVA to co-host the event on their page and assist with sharing information out to interested residents. You can find the event here (please share with your residents and on your social media!): https://www.meetup.com/RVA-Clean-Sweep/events/283725004/
  3. The main point of contact for the event is Nettie Seagraves, the 2nd District appointee to the Clean City Commission. You can contact her at jeannetteseagraves@gmail.com

GPRA General Membership Meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Focus on the Diamond District Presentation, Join us on Zoom, Hosted by GPRA:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88312654044?pwd=SURSQjdwdzhxd25JUmc5Q2ZpOW40QT09

Meeting ID: 883 1265 4044

Passcode: 850283

Revisit the Weekly Gazette dated February 5 for all details.

Remember District 3 City Council Meeting of Civic Associations, Hosted by Ann-Frances Lambert, Thursday, February 24th at 6:30pm.  She will be discussing her 2022 priorities and wants to get an update on your civic association’s 2022 priorities.  We hope that every civic association can be represented.  This meeting will be virtual, and Leadership and all residents within civic association boundaries are invited to attend.

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 804-316-9457,,974727381#   United States, Richmond

Phone Conference ID: 974 727 381#

March is Red Cross Month!  Give the Gift that Means Something!

The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health by giving blood or platelets during March, Red Cross Month. 

  • March is Red Cross Month. During this month, the Red Cross honors the commitment of volunteers and blood and platelet donors to support individuals and families in need.
  • Help can’t wait. In March, donors can ensure people receive the critical care they need by making an appointment to give blood.
  • Save time with RapidPass®. Complete your pre-donation reading and health history at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or with the Blood Donor App before your appointment.
  • Eligibility questions? Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org.

YOU CAN HELP!

  • Encourage friends and family to give at your drive. Visit our Blood Drive Management Portal at rcblood.org/portal to find tools for a successful blood drive as well as additional social content.

GPRA Weekly Gazette brought to you by the GPRA Communications Team. Please feel free to send comments to communications@ginterpark.org

 

Header photo of the Seminary clock tower by Fred Golod.