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San Ramon council likes 'Plan Red' as top option for district election map

Original post made on Apr 29, 2019

After hearing public input and reviewing the available options, the council unofficially selected "Plan Red" as the preferred option for future review.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 4:37 PM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 29, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Maybe in the interest of full disclosure and homage to identity/minority politics, the actual demographics in each of the "Plan Red" zones ought to be listed in simple English, Tagalog, Farsi, Mandarin, Spanish, etc., so each ethnic group will know if they are in fact in the "right" zone so that they will be properly ethnically represented.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

"Like every other option, Plan Red is also designed so sitting council members will not face off against one another in the upcoming 2020 election."

Council members not facing off against one another in the upcoming 2020 election, is not a valid reason for creating voting districts, instead it is blatantly self serving for each council member having no benefit for the electorate (residents). Therefore, any council member that voted for a district map with the criteria of not having to run against another council member is odorous and has the strong appearance of misfeasance. Those council members have placed their own political benefit above that of residents.

Having existing council members run off against each other would be very beneficial as it would help clear out the dead wood council members that have long over staid, and who simply fund their own re-elections with expensive shiny color election mailers that some fund themselves.

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Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2019 at 11:41 pm

I absolutely agree with Resident #2. Essentially, they want to split a neighborhood in half to accommodate two sitting council members? Gerrymandering at its finest.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on May 1, 2019 at 8:48 am

Putting two current council members in the same district does not put them in a situation to run against each other. Phil O’Loane and Sabina Zafar are in different election cycles. If placed in the same district Sabina would retain the seat through this next election cycle and Phil would be out.

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Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on May 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Steve, if that's the case why make opposite sides of a residential street in different districts? Seems pretty shady.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of San Ramon
on May 8, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Mary is a registered user.

Plan Red Map also puts one of the candidates from the last election in the same district with an incumbent who won't be up for election in 2020, thus preventing another candidacy. That appears to be deliberate as well. I also agree with the others that say neighborhoods should not be split in the middle. My opinion is that the districts should not be tied to sitting council members, but should be neighborhood and population based. I thought that was why they hired an independent demographer.

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