The Pasadena Unified School District Redistricting Task Force will begin the task of drawing geographic sub-regional district boundaries in January, 2012. the task force has scheduled four meetings to get community input to ensure the maps are representative of the communities of Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.
The scheduled meetings are
- Tuesday, Jan. 3, 6 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 1500 E. Villa St., Pasadena
- Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, 2400 N. Fair Oaks, Altadena
- 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
Readers can download a flier in English and Spanish.
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.
Will Altadena get its own district?
In reporting on the meeting where the plan was first aired in January, Patch reported that PUSD board member Ramon Miramontes expressed concern that the districts, based on eligible voters rather than voters who actually send their children to public school. Areas in which a large portion of children attend private school might have equal weight with areas that send most of their children to public school.
"I don't think this will necessary and automatically lead to a more inclusive board," Miramontes said. "Altadena won't automatically get a more inclusive voice."
At the same meeting, Altadenan Bob Harrison said that another concern could be that the districts could split Altadena into multiple seats, not giving the town one board member directly accountable to it.
While the new boundaries have yet to be drawn up, both PUSD board member Ed Honowitz doubted that Altadena and Sierra Madre would each get a separate district.
“I know there’s been some discussion floating around [asking], 'Does this mean there would be an Altadena sub-district or a Sierra Madre sub-district?''” PUSD Board Member Ed Honowitz said. “There’s, like, 200,000 people within the district, and if we divide it evenly by seven it’s not going to fall exactly like that. There won’t be a separate city of Sierra Madre representative, for instance.”
When will this happen?
The plan is scheduled to go to a vote in the PUSD attendance area in a special election on June 5, 2012.