Yesterday, Tom Birch, the ANC2E commissioner in charge of the Ward 2 redistricting task force, submitted his own plan for the redistricting of ANC2E to the Council Subcommittee. This proposal, which still establishes two student SMDs, carves out sections of the university campus to place in surrounding SMDs and leaving the populations of each district more in line with the redistricting statute’s goal of 2000±100 people.
The ANC2E redistricting working-group, co-chaired Ron Lewis, Jennifer Altemus, and Lenore Rubino, adopted the co-chairs’s proposal in September, and the proposal has been since called “grossly discriminatory” by CM Phil Mendelson. As a compromise between the co-chairs proposal and the Planagan, ANC Commissioner and working-group member Jake Sticka (COL ’13) submitted a compromise proposal, which was not considered by the co-chairs before the final submission to Birch.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the three proposals.
The Birch recommendation takes the co-chairs proposal and moves Darnall into SMD02 and LXR into SMD05. It then redistributes the population gains of -02 and -05 by changing the peripheral borders -02, -06, and -07.
In Birch’s justification of his borders, he calls for “retaining” or “enhanching cohesiveness” within the neighborhood for every SMD—except -04 and -08, in which he calls for “promoting a rational public policy.”
The Birch recommendation, like the co-chairs’s proposal, gives ANC2E two “student” districts, guaranteeing students 25% of the vote on the ANC. The Sticka proposal would have created two student districts and a mixed district (ie SMD03).