Supervisors agree to compromise on redistricting
September 7, 2011
Following public outrage over a proposal by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to adopt an unpopular redistricting option, the board voted unanimously on Tuesday to change their plans.
More than two dozen Templeton residents spoke against supervisors Adam Hill, Jim Patterson and Bruce Gibson’s plan to break their community into three separate districts. During the week leading up to the contentious meeting, Templeton residents sent the board 72 pages of letters condemning the Board’s plans for redistricting, according to the Board’s agenda packet.
And while the majority of the residents supported Option C, which would keep the community in one district, the board voted for a version of Option B that breaks Templeton into two districts.
Supervisors Frank Mecham and Paul Teixeira had battled for the tentatively approved plan that places Templeton into two districts leaving the north portion of Templeton, an area that is slated to be annexed into District 1 in the future, in Mecham’s district.
Mecham’s option B requires presentation at two future public meetings set for Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 before it can be officially adopted.