Monday's Contra Costa Times features a story by Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen describing the upcoming redistricting process for Contra Costa County Supervisor Districts.  

Continued population growth in East Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley will again drive the mandatory decennial redrawing of the county's five supervisorial districts.

Cities within Districts 5 and 3, represented by Federal Glover, of Pittsburg, and Mary Piepho, of Discovery Bay, respectively, have grown disproportionately faster than those of their three colleagues. Five of the six towns with growth rates since 2000 of more than 10 percent are in these two districts.

Unlike State Legislature and Congressional Districts, which voters have decided will be reapportioned by a Citizens Redistricting Commission, the County Supervisors themselves will determine the Supervisor Districts for the next decade. 

Vorderbrueggen also explained the timeline for the redistricting project and what will happen should the Supervisors find themselves unable to agree on a plan.

The Census Bureau is expected to release California population data in March, which will trigger the county's formal redistricting analysis and public hearing process. Staff members will apply census tract level population data onto digitized maps and display each step online.

The board is expected to adopt a final map by midsummer.

If it fails to pass new district lines by November, the job goes to a special panel consisting of District Attorney Mark Peterson, Assessor Gus Kramer and Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir.

The Lamorinda Democratic Club's leadership and Endorsements & Issues Committee will be monitoring this process closely as it unfolds. 

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