The 2010 census will drive a number of changes in El Dorado County. One of those changes will be to re-draw the five districts for the county. According to the El Dorado Hills Telegraph, the population of El Dorado County grew by 25,000 residents in the last decade. The majority of that growth came in the west county. According to Mike Applegarth, who serves as an analyst with the county’s chief administrative office, the five districts will need to be redrawn with an equal number of residents in each district. Required by law after each census, the new districts will each have 36,212 people.
As you may imagine, there will be many opinions regarding how the district lines should be drawn. According to Applegarth, the political ramifications of the redistricting are not his concern. His goal is to attempt to keep communities together that have similar interests and concerns. In this way, county supervisors will be better able to represent their constituents.
There will two public meetings held on the redistriciting options if you would like to attend.
When: 7-9 pm, April 28th
Where: Pollock Pines Community Center
When: 6-8 pm, May 5th
Where: El Dorado Hills Community Services District Pavillion