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PUSD Districting Task Force Schedules Altadena Meetings

The task force is working on a plan to make electoral districts with elected officials accountable to individual neighborhoods, and is gathering public input.

A task force charged with drawing up a plan to divide the Pasadena Unified School District area into smaller electoral sub-districts has scheduled two Altadena meetings in January to get public input on the process.

The Pasadena Districting Task Force had already announced one of the meetings (January 17 at the Mountain View Cemetery) last month, but has added a second meeting in Altadena, at the Altadena Public Library on January 28.

The full schedule, including Pasadena and Altadena meetings, is listed below:

  • Saturday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m. at Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m. at , 2400 N. Fair Oaks, Altadena
  • Saturday Jan 28, 1 p.m. at the
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. at Western Justice Center, 55 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m. at Al-Kebulan Cultural Center, 1435 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

Background

The Pasadena City Council moved in January to create a task force to look at dividing the Pasadena Unified School District into seven sub-regional districts, each with its own elected representative.  Instead of being elected at large, as is currently the case, PUSD board members would each stand for election in one district, and voters would vote on only one seat.

The PUSD Redistricting Task Force is composed of nine members with two from Altadena, appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.  The remaining members are appointed by Sierra Madre City council (one member), Pasadena City Council (three members), and PUSD (three members). 

The task force was charged with developing language for an amendment to the City of Pasadena Charter related to PUSD and drawing new sub-regional district boundaries.  Boundaries will be based on demographic data collected in the 2010 census.

Related:

Kim Kenne January 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Just wanted to correct a comment that appeared in the Pasadena Sun yesterday. The PUSD does have one current board member that lives in Altadena - that would be me! Although my mailing address is Pasadena 91104, I live in Altadena - the section below New York Ave but above the city/county boundary line. I have lived in Altadena since 1994. The language in the proposed charter changes will allow me to finish out my term (until April 2015) even if the newly created district where I'm a resident has an election in 2013. Mr. Selinske and Ms. Cooper will also finish out their terms to 2015.

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