Beyond the spasm - City Redistricting Coming Soon
I know the spasm of the moment seems like the only issue on the table... But the election of the next city council president has a lot more significance than is typical. The next city council president will have a lot to say over how city council districts are reshaped following the census coming up soon. How that goes may shape how politics in the city works for the next decade or longer and could impact all issues before council.. In that sense it trumps any one issue by far.
For one thing, does anyone ever wonder why the city only has two conceivable minority districts while the school board has almost always had 3 minority members? Right now the district actually has 4 minority members though one was appointed. Given that the school district includes Mt. Oliver with a smaller minority population than the city, it should be harder to have 3 minority districts in the School District compared to the city. There has been a lot of population change in the last decade, and it surely has not been even within the city so there will be some palpable differences in the districts when they get drawn. Even without getting into specifics, it sure would be good to hear if any of these ever-changing council president hopefuls had any thoughts at all on the issues that will come up in redistricting within the city. In fact, it would be something if any of them ever mentioned the issue publicly at all. It may be the most important thing they literally have control over during their term.