Long Beach finally has a full Independent Redistricting Commission.
The city has completed the process of appointing 13 members and two alternates to the panel, officials have announced. The news came more than two years after voters approved Measure DDD, which authorized the creation of the commission.
Members of the commission are:
Feliza Ortiz Licon;
Zhelinrentice Scott; and
The alternates are Josias Gonzalez and Melody Osuna.
“The commission reflects the diversity of our community and I’m certain they will do an excellent job drawing fair lines for our city,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “Thanks to voters who agreed to establish a Redistricting Commission with the approval of Measure DDD in 2018.”
The process to select them, which is laid out in the city charter, was for the city clerk to pass on qualified applicants to the Ethics Commission, which narrowed down the pool to emphasize diversity of gender, age, race, income, education, sexual orientation and council district.
The Ethics Commission then randomly chose nine names to serve as commissioners; those commissioners then chose the remaining four members and two alternates.
The Independent Redistricting Commission is expected to hold its first meeting as a full panel in January. The redistricting process will begin after the release of the 2020 census data.