Let's Watch Domingo Garcia, Redistricting Commission Discuss the Future of Dallas

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Redistricting Commissioners Elizabeth Jones and Domingo Garcia, who have tough and thankless jobs for which they aren't paid a penny, are displeased with me at the moment for nay-saying their incomplete maps. Garcia chided me in the comments, writing that it appears I've graduated from "the Rupert Murdock school of journalism." He insists that his submission was merely "a demonstration map to show that 5 Hispanic opportunity districts could be drawn [and that] there was no attempt to draw other districts since the plan is for demonstrative purposes only."

Meanwhile, Jones has sent me two emails in which she writes, among other things, that her maps are intended to show only that it's possible to keep intact communities threatened by other submissions -- among them, she points out, my beloved District 13, which several proposals threaten to dismantle. "Going back to the earliest Commission meetings, I have been outspoken on the issue of preserving neighborhoods," she writes this morning. "I continue to see that as a most important consideration whether you live in the north or south. We all value community."

Anna went to last night's meeting; I told her not to worry about covering this one, most of which I watched last night. She can recap both Tuesday and Thursday's meetings on Friday. Besides, I just discovered: The city now makes it possible to embed City Hall hearings -- and not only that, but allows you to jump straight to a scene, which will come in handy during Dwaine Caraway's impassioned city council monologues. So let's look at Garcia's explanation above, along with accompanying commentary by his fellow commissioners -- and, yes, this is riveting, better than any network's summer series. Then, on the other side, let's say hi to Sandra Crenshaw, who's also unhappy with me (see the comments).

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Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

At this Tuesday's meeting the Dallas Redistricting Commission will be eliminating at least 10 plans of the 15 remaining from consideration. Here is a listing of those 15 plans listed in the same order that they are in on the Commission agenda; http://dallasredistricting2011...   The chart I've posted to this blog provides 8 demographic and compactness measurements on each of the 15 plans to use in the decision making process.  This chart has been shared with Commissioners and will be available at the Tuesday evening meeting.

Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

A list of the 15 plans still in consideration will be narrowed down to only 5 or fewer at the 8/9/11 Commission meeting.  Here is a link to that list of 15 plans with additional links to the actual maps and the demographics produced by each map; http://dallasredistricting2011... .  This list also gives the basic demographic and compactness data on each of the15 plans.

Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

Titus,The redrawing of maps in the redistricting process is exceptionally complex.  Multiple factors must be considered.  One move of a boundary can change an entire map. I've made over 6 complete City Council District maps in the redistricting process over the past 4 months. Five times I thought I had the best map yet.  I again think I have the best map yet with the map I posted yesterday on my blog at http://dallasredistricting2011...  I have learned on every single one of them.  I have also studied every single one of the 30+ maps that have been presented in front of the Commission.  I have learned from many of them, even those that did not meet the standards that are required for a map.  The map presented by Domingo was only a waste of time for someone not really interested in redistricting.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

As a resident of Winnetka Heights, I have a wonderful vision of all of us--white, Latino, black and Asian--coming together as one and voting for whoever is running against Domingo Garcia in the next election.

liz
liz

During the intervening 10 years, both the Hispanic and African American populations in the Dallas County have increased in both raw numbers and percentages, while the Anglo population has gone down in both. Dallas County has the largest Hispanic population in North Texas, more than 900,000 with 37% growth rate from 2000-2010.The Anglo population on the other hand has decreased by over 198,000 or 20.2%.  Domingo only drew the map to make a point that it is possible to make several Latino districts because Latinos have the numbers and will keep increasing. Whether you like it or not, Latinos will become the majority in the future. So it is to your advantage that you start accepting the change.

MisterMiguel
MisterMiguel

Garcia calling his divisive plan the "unity map" is a farce. Domingo drew up the map to break up a large, predominantly white district. It is a district with a strong sense of community that he is trying to destroy for political reasons. There is no advantage to accepting that change. Especially as you point out the Anglo population has already been diminished.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Great!  How about if we invite some other bloc of people to come over by the millions illegally and setting up shop so that they can influence our political process?  I propose any group of Asians, but I am open to other suggestions.  You and UT Student can be as smarmy as you'd like, but I am quite confident that you understand the points being made here.  Before you educate me on the way redistricting "works" or how to "understand" our nation why don't you try to get a handle on what it is you are talking about.  Is it acceptable to have a large group of foreign nationals present in our country illegally interfere with the  political process?  Yes or No.  Are US citizens adversely affected by a huge population of of easily exploited workers who can be used to undercut wage laws?  Yes or No. 

The idea that because there has been "explosive growth" in the number of Hispanics here and therefor, we must accede to whatever their wish might be is absurd.  How do you think that would play out in any other country where everything doesn't come down to some politician wanting to pander for votes or some corporation wanting to skirt labor laws so they can make even more profits from the average worker.

I realize that you are intellectually superior to everyone else, so I am sure that you can come up with some answers here.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

1. Why do I have to install Microsoft to watch this? 2. If Domingo has a mustache, then it must be an election coming up!

Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

There is a supreme court case that mandates that everyone living in the area counted by the census be counted in all redistricting, no matter their age or citizenship status.  The city of Dallas did not make available to those of us working on maps anything other than total population demographics and voting age demographics.  Since everyone must be counted, I presume this was a legal requirement.

Bill Betzen
Bill Betzen

Anyone who studies Dallas demographics and redistricting maps for more than just a few hours will quickly see that 5 majority Hispanic Districts and three majority Black districts are the minimum that should be in any new redistricting plan.  The question that remains is how high those voting age population percentages (not total population but voting age population) should be made to go while also maintaining compact districts. According to the comparison of the 21 plans that are now before the Redistricting Commission, online at http://dallasredistricting2011... , there are only three of the 13 people, and one group, who have submitted plans in which there are 5 Hispanic majority districts and three Black Majority districts combined in the same plan.  It seems logical that both these goals for minority representation, with a total of 8 minority districts at a minimum, should be met.  Here is the plan, now being considered by the Dallas City Council Redistricting Commissioners, that achieves all these goals, with the most compact plan, and the highest minority representation demographics.  It is wplan03 with 12 amendendments made to the maps.  See the maps at http://dallasredistricting2011...  

rubbercow
rubbercow

I understand that the law is what it is, but why is there no consideration given to the difference between people who are of voting age and those who are of voting age and are actually eligible to vote?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I think Elizabeth Jones' plan needs a little more coverage here.  And since she was so constructive with everyone including telling a map submitter to put an area back where it belongs let me comment on her partial map.

Her map clearly has no regard for District 6.

To minimally be within the 5% deviation both District 6 and District 13 must acquire population.  District 13 a minimum of 403 and District 6 a minimum of 6,593.  If you look at all full maps presented all take a significant portion of the Western Boundary of 13 and gives to 6.  But in the interest of neighborhood preservations as Jones puts it (But if you move over to Webb Chapel that keeps all NA's together) she has now put District 6 down by 20,000 people.

O well, I guess District 6 can take all of West Dallas and go past 30 into Kessler Park... Because the 250K homes of Kessler Park are neighborhoods of interests with the projects of West Dallas...

Thank You Commissioner Jones..

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Garcia only "chided" you?  Consider yourself lucky.  Most people who disagree with him end up much worse off...

LaceyB
LaceyB

Feel free to go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

But...any comparison to Rupert Murdoch (spelling it correctly!) is actually not bad at all. Sure, a little sensational, but, Forbes's 13th most powerful person in the world is a big step up from Yahoo's #10.

Especially from a guy who wastes his time drawing useless maps that solely favor his race. Loser.

White People in Dallas 1920
White People in Dallas 1920

It would be great if we could have City Council districts drawn solely because of the skin color of the people living in those districts. That sounds like a great plan that will ensure that the majority skin color rules over all subjects in the City. 

- KKK Dallas Chapter, 1920.   

liz
liz

The majority in the future will be the Latinos...have you not seen the results of the recent census and looked into the demographics of 2050? Educate yourself. 

Guest1
Guest1

Commissioner Garcia's plan that was presented last night (cPlan01) was merely testimony, not an acceptable plan for the Redistricting Commission to consider. Garcia's cPlan16, which will be presented on Thursday night, is the plan that he's actually going to be considered by the Redistricting Commission. 

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

But then why do the first map at all?  Just to waste other people's time?

rubbercow
rubbercow

 To let us know how horribly mistreated and oppressed Latinos are - duh.  As Domingo says, this map only demonstrates how easily proper Latino representation could be achieved.  The implied argument is that Latinos could be treated fairly, but won't be because they will continue to be discriminated against.  Get it?

rubbercow
rubbercow

 Ok Domingo, why don't we just change the name of Dallas to "Latino" (but we will have to insist that everyone pronounce it like a native Spanish speaker just to drive the point home).  It amazes me what a racist this guy is and that he pretty easily gets away with it.  His snide remark about Winnetka Heights, Kessler and Stevens is really telling.  I also wonder when the AA community is going to start to push back on this railroading by folks who are Latino Supremacists....

UT Student
UT Student

Rubbercow,

Here is a link to the 2010 Censushttp://www.census.gov/prod/cen...I hope this helps you understand our nation.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Thanks.  I understand how our nation works perfectly.  Perhaps you should just be content being a student.

MisterMiguel
MisterMiguel

Since you're so smart, take a look at the 1970 Census and then explain how the 2010 Census came to be.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Indeed, I did.  I am quite highly educated.  Thank you for asking.  Have a great life!

UT student
UT student

Education is power !Did you go to school?

Phelps
Phelps

So if I understand Domingo's comments, he's saying that his proposal was never intended to be a workable plan, but was instead just a gesture towards some racial demagoguery.

Actually, I think that's right.

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