County of Riverside Redistricting Steering Committee - 2011
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1. What is redistricting?        

According the California Election Code Section 21500, following each decennial federal census, and using that census as a basis, the [Riverside County] Board [of Supervisors] shall adjust the boundaries of any or all of the supervisorial districts of the county so that the districts shall be as nearly equal in population as may be, and shall comply with the applicable provisions of Section 1973 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended.

In establishing the boundaries of the supervisorial districts, the board may give consideration to the following factors:
(a) topography,
(b) geography,
(c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and
(d) community of interests of the districts.


2. When does redistricting occur?        

It occurs every 10 years after each decennial U.S. Census. The most recent Census was completed in 2010 with the results anticipated to be released by early April 2011.


3. What is the effect of redistricting?        

Once the census data for Riverside County has been published, population shifts may result in an unequal representation within the County’s supervisorial districts. Redistricting involves the adjustment of boundaries that may be necessary to maintain a substantially equal population between districts.


4. What are the supervisorial districts in the County of Riverside?        

District 1: Bob Buster
District 2: John Tavaglione
District 3: Jeff Stone
District 4: John Benoit
District 5: Marion Ashley


5. Who decides district boundaries?        

The County Board of Supervisors.

The board shall hold at least one public hearing on any proposal to adjust the boundaries of a district, prior to a public hearing at which the board votes to approve or defeat the proposal.


6. What is the Redistricting Steering Committee 2011?        

The Redistricting Steering Committee 2011 is the committee assigned by the County Executive Office with the task of constructing at least one redistricting proposal for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to consider.

This committee does not have the authority to redistrict the county supervisorial districts, only the Board of Supervisors has that power.

The Redistricting Steering Committee 2011 is composed of the following individuals:
Larry Ward, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, Chair of the committee,
Jay Orr, Assistant County Executive Officer, Co-Chair of the committee
Dave Stahovich, Chief of Staff, 1st District
John Field, Chief of Staff, 2nd District
Verne Lauritzen, Chief of Staff, 3rd District
Michelle DeArmond, Chief of Staff, 4th District
Robin Hastings, Chief of Staff, 5th District


7. What is the timetable of redistricting for the County of Riverside?        

The U.S. Census Bureau expects to release redistricting data before April 1, 2011. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors must adopt a redistricting plan before November 1, 2011.

Once the census data for Riverside County has been published, population shifts may result in an unequal representation within the County’s supervisorial districts. Redistricting involves the adjustment of boundaries that may be necessary to maintain a substantially equal population between districts.