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PUSD Task Force to Unveil New Districting Map Saturday

The PUSD Districting Task Force, which is developing a plan for electoral subdistricts in the local school district, will unveil a new map proposal at its next meeting Saturday.

A Pasadena Unified School District task force charged with coming up with a plan to form sub-districts for the election of school board members will unveil a new map designed to take into account all the public input the task force has collected over the last few months.

Described as a 'consesus map' by task force members, the new plan could end up being the one that community members will ultimately vote on when deciding whether to adopt an electoral sub-district plan.

Changing the district to subdistricts would allow each resident of Pasadena Unified areas (Pasadena, Sierra Madre, and Altadena) to vote for one school board member in their geographic area, rather than vote to approve the entire board.

The plan would have to be ultimately voted in by local residents.  The issue is planned for the June ballot.

The task force has met regularly to collect public input since January, and has been displaying four separate map proposals as a starting point for discussions. As described in the below article, two of those would give Altadena voters a majority stake in two districts, and two of them would give Altadena a majority in one.

Board members have told Patch in previous articles that Altadena residents at the meeting have .

The proposal will be discussed at Saturday's meeting of the task force, which will be at the Tekeyen Cultural Association Center, at 1901 N. Allen in Altadena at 1 p.m.

The draft map will be not be released to the public before that meeting, according to Ken Chawkins, the chair of the task force.  However, the task force will be meeting several more times in March before making a decision on a final map.

Kim Kenne February 29, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Would it make sense to release the 'consensus' map immediately (if it is done) so that residents could look at it in order to decide whether to attend Saturday's meeting?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) February 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Kim, as a journalist, I pretty much always favor releasing data/information as soon as possible. In this case it does not strike me as a huge problem though since there are at least two more meetings following up on this one. I'll be sure to post it online after Saturday and I'm sure other media will as well. Also, I do know there was some consideration of releasing the map before the meeting... it may be that it is not completely done or there is some other preparation issue.
Monica Hubbard February 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I hope many Altadena residents will choose to attend this Saturday's meeting regardless of whether the new consensus map has been posted. That said, my understanding is that the consensus map is ready to be unveiled and I see no reason to withhold it from the community. Post it now. Give people time to study it and come prepared to make thoughtful comments on Saturday afternoon.

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