“More to Props 3-4 Than Just Districts“ by Joy Diaz, KUT News.
- “If Prop 4, the 8-2-1 plan, were to pass, the City Council would presumably be drawing Austin’s new districts. But Prop 3, the 10-1 plan, provides for a redistricting commission. The commission would have 14 members; three auditors would randomly select eight people from a pool of candidates, and those eight would then pick the remaining six, ensuring that they are diverse in race, ethnicity, geography and gender.
- “Some redistricting commissions in the country have been accused of drawing maps for political gain or with cronyism in mind. Others, like those in San Diego and Minneapolis, have been commended for keeping politics away from the process.
“Geographic Representation“ by Steve Speir from WINDOW on WINDSOR: Published Monthly by the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association • Austin, Texas; Vol XXXI No 10, October 2012, Page 9
- “The 10-1 supporters say their plan will allow average Austinites to run for political office without being beholden to a political party or to the money interests that now dominate. They can run from a base that they have built up from working in their neighborhoods, their church or from running a local business for a number of years. With single member districts it will be possible to contribute and get elected by contacting your neighbors, walking door-to-door in a much smaller area, meeting people, limiting campaign spending and still have a real chance to get elected to the City Council.
- “The 10-1 plan also calls for an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to be chosen to draw district lines.
- “The commission will be chosen from applicants who wish to serve and applicants will be screened by the city auditor to avoid conflicts of interests. No elected officials,spouses, or their paid political consultants will be part of the commission.
“PROPOSITION 3 - Real Change: Not the Illusion of Change“ by Tom Herrera from La Voz, A Bilingual Publication, October, 2012; Volume 7, Number 10, Page 21
- Currently our city leaders live in four zip codes. This is not Representative Government! This is not inclusive representation! Why shouldn’t leaders be allowed to emerge from say Postal Zip Codes 78702, 78704, 78721, 78741, 78751, 78745 or 78744?
- The Citizens Districting 10-1 Plan was developed by citizens from all over the city and later over 30,000 signatures were collected on a petition in support of this more representative plan. We will have an opportunity to vote (YES) on City of Austin Charter Proposition (3)
- Those who want to continue the status quo (not make changes) have come up with a plan to prevent real change. It is a pacifier or illusion of allowing the citizens to have a representative City Government. It is called the 8-2-1 Plan. What it does is allow for 2 members of city council to be elected at large which in effect dilutes the voices of those council members who represent the 8 instead of 10 districts. This is known as Proposition 4 and we should vote NO because this is the response of big developers and the insider interests. It was put on the ballot by the Austin City Council in executive session after it was forced to put Proposition 3 on the ballot because of the more than 30,000 signatures on a petition.
- Look for television advertising and expensive mail-outs endorsing the “Distraction Plan.” It is really another form of an illusion but it is not really inclusion in a true representative plan as required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- I urge you to get registered (if you have not already done so) and then be sure to vote YES on PROPOSITION #3 and NO on PROPOSITION #4.