By Marcy Axness, TME
You want the mountain to get its fair share from the taxes we all pay, right? On Monday evening, Nov. 1, three savvy speakers came to our mountain with updates on what is happening to draw new supervisorial district maps for Kern County. How those maps are drawn influences how power and funds are distributed in Kern County.
Each presenter had a clear objective, and each was different. Kern County’s Manager of Administrative Officers Jason Wiebe sincerely encouraged residents to express their districting preferences, questions and concerns, and to make sure they knew exactly…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)
Lori Pesante, Director of Civic Engagement for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, discussed the equity factor of the redistricting process, as Kern County’s Jason Wiebe (left) looked on and Chamber of Commerce president B.J. Saidi (center) took care of presenting slides.
Below: District 2 chief of staff John Antonaros said the Equity Coalition Map will put this Mountain Community in a ‘mega-district’ (D1) and deprive of our park of funding.
The Equity Coalition Map (ECM), with an overlay (shaded portions) showing current district lines. What is now District 2 would become part of a large District 1, shared by other rural, mountain and high-desert communities.
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