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Council Expands Redistricting Task Force Size, Add 3 New Members

Approval brings racial diversity to the group

Published on Monday, May 3, 2021 | 8:00 pm

The City Council voted on Monday to add three additional members to the Redistricting Task Force to bring much-needed diversity to the group.

Patrice Marshall McKenzie, Delano Yarbrough and Adriana Lim were added to the task force which will use census data to recommend changes to City Council district boundaries.

The original task force contained no African-American community members.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Redistricting Task Force,” said Marshall McKenzie. “I look forward to getting started right away and contributing my expertise to this important body of work.”

The trio joins Vince Farhat, Rita Moreno, former Mayor Terry Tornek and former Councilmember Margaret McAustin, David Coher, Donald C. Nanney, Jordan Vannini, Geoff Baum, and Francis Chen.

“A number of people commented we could use more diversity than we ended up with on that group,” Mayor Victor Gordo said.

Marshall McKenzie recently applied to the city’s new Community Police Oversight Commission (CPOC) and Yarbrough is a past president of the Pasadena NAACP. Lim serves on the city’s Human Relations Commission.

Councilmember John Kennedy expressed reservations about the process and said the councilmembers were not aware of each other’s picks until the nominations were placed on the agenda.

Kennedy asked for the process to be started hours before the nominees were voted in.

The appointments were made as the city prepares to seat members of the CPOC, which is one of the most racially diverse commissions in the city.

The task force is scheduled to meet and begin its work on May 5. According to Gordo, the task force will consider a consultant at its first meeting.

Every 10 years the City Council is mandated to use population data from the census to determine if any adjustments need to be made to council district boundaries.

The redistricting plan must be submitted by Dec. 15. The council must hold at least four public hearings before approving the map.

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