PUSD Board to Discuss New Electoral Map Proposal at Tuesday Meeting

The Pasadena Unified School Board will discuss a plan that would switch the district to electoral subdistricts and give Altadena two board members accountable to the town.

At its regular Tuesday meeting, the Pasadena Unified School District board will hear a presentation of an new plan that would switch the district from at-large elections to seven electoral districts that would each elect one school board member.

Since January, an appointed task force has been hold public meetings and working on developing maps of geographic sub-districts that would make board members accountable to specific geographic areas of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre.

After initially looking at four different potential map scenarios, the task force released a 'consensus map' earlier this month and approved it to be voted on by the board.

That plan would give Altadena residents two districts where they would make up the majority of voters.  

The presentation that the board will see can be viewed at right - it has full demographic backgrounds by city, by race, and by other factors.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m on Tuesday at PUSD headquarters at 351. S. Hudson in Pasadena.  Public members interested in the task force presentation are recommended to show at 7 p.m, according to Ken Chawkins, the chair of the task force.

If approved by the board, the plan will ultimately be voted on by residents in the June election.

For more on the task force's process, check out the below links:

navigio March 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
So it looks like the election was set up for Miramontes to be able to run in 2013. From the presentation, it is not obvious whether there would be another election in 2015 in that district, though I assume the lack of specificity implies it wont happen until 2017 (meaning Kenne would not be able to run for 2 years after her term expires, assuming she chooses not to contest in 2013 and she doesnt move ;-) ). That could be an interesting problem depending on what happens in 2013 in district 3. Out of curiosity, do we know where the people who ran in the last election lived? From memory those were Baggett, Stevenson, Christopher and Bell (others?). The more I look at this, the more it looks like the 'accountability group' is going to take a hit from this plan. They are not in the majority at the moment, so I guess they couldnt block it anyway (I assume this requires a normal majority to pass?), not that they would, mind you.
Dan Abendschein March 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
@navigio - The second thing you said is right - Kenne would have to resign her seat after two years in 2013 or wait until 2017 to run. I don't know where most of the other candidates you mentioned live, except I think Gene Stevenson lives in the West Altadena district (District 1) - he was briefly appointed town council member for the far northwest district of Altadena, which would make him a District 1 resident. Bell is also from Altadena, but I am not 100 percent sure which district she lives in. Christopher is a Pasadena resident, not sure which area. I don't know about Baggett.
Roberta Martínez March 26, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@Dan, the ballot is focused on the change from at-large to sub-district elections. The map will not be part of the ballot. I'm not sure when the DTF will be before the board tomorrow, but the presentation should answer questions raised, including the assumption by Navigio.
Dan Abendschein March 26, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Thanks Roberta, I've heard you guys say this several times, and it is worth repeating. I keep forgetting to mention this, and it is worth noting, because voters who have not looked at the map in the media or the districting task force will not get to look at it in the sample ballot when they are voting.


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