New Council Map Now Out of City's Hands and In the Possession of the Department of Justice

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The council-approved map
City Hall just sent word: At long last the city has submitted to the Department of Justice the new council districts map approved by the council on October 5. But that is hardly the entirety of the package sent to the DoJ yesterday: If you click here you'll find the massive package of videos, maps, meeting minutes and whatnots created during the months-long process that began quietly enough and ended with a roar. City Attorney Tom Perkins's cover letter alone is 19 pages. And, look: a handy phone list!

Barbara McAninch, the assistant city attorney tasked with redistricting, says DoJ requires all these docs so "they have a chance to look at everything submitted," even the earliest maps dismissed by the Redistricting Commission. The reason: "to see if there was a better map that wasn't approved."

DoJ now begins its review process, which begins with comparing the current map with the one the council narrowly voted to approve. The feds now have 60 days to sign off on the new map. But McAninch reminds: If Justice has questions, they'll come back to the city and put the process on pause till those issues are resolved.

McAninch also says: No new map, unseen by citizens, was submitted in the package sent to Justice yesterday. Still, feel the need to complain? On the other side, how-to instructions before filing a lawsuit. From City Hall, this is how you register complaints with the feds:
Comments or concerns can be submitted directly to the Department of Justice. Comments to the Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, sent by the U.S. Postal Service, including certified mail or express mail, shall be addressed to the Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Room 7254-NWB, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530.

Carriers other than the U.S. Postal Service, including hand delivery, should be addressed and may be delivered to the Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, Room 7254-NWB, 1800 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.

All comments should be marked: "Comment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.'' Comments should include the name of the jurisdiction and the Attorney General's file number (2011- 4417) in the subject line.
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heart and soul
heart and soul

I don't ever remember you being right about anything. I must have missed it.

You didn't say Rawlings's name but you are carrying his water all the same. Oh and thanks for totally discrediting everything you say by comparing Griggs to Hitler. It takes a real scumbag to compare anyone to Hitler. Thank for showing your ass.Nice job. I knew you had it in you.

bbetzen
bbetzen

Scott Griggs standing room only meeting last night at Kiest Park was the second redistricting meeting there in the past 6 months. Both meetings were standing room only.  The first one in April was much more full. Many people came to the door then and did not even walk in due to the crowd.  That was the day the Redistricting Commission was there to listen to citizen testimony. Since the south side of Dallas is the most abused by gerrymandering it is only to be expected that meetings here will draw the biggest crowds.

Last night Councilman Griggs gave the best presentation I have ever heard from any elected official on redistricting, then he pointed out some of the problems with the approved map.  He was correct.  Then, after a multitude of questions he handled very well, a petition was handed out.  The exact wording of the petition, and a link to the online petition site to sign it, are all at http://dallasredistricting2011....

heart and soul
heart and soul

I wish I had all the money that got wasted because Tom Perkins was sure the city would win a lawsuit. What a lying clown.

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

Went to a meeting last night where we learned that January 2012 is the actual deadline for submitting a map or maps. So why has there been this frenzy about getting the map voted on and submitted?

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I quoted the city charter and last I checked Mike Rawlings didn't write it. And yes what I said was true which is why Dardd had to clear up what he/she said.But again sorry to spread the truth an rain down on your pitty party.

Ok next time I will compare Griggs' lies and propaganda to Fox News. I've said this to you before and here it is again. You might be heart and soul but you have no brain. The truth sets you free no matter what tag lines go with it.

bbetzen
bbetzen

One addition must be made about the posting regarding Councilman Grigg's Kiest Park meeting. While the petition handed out did mention some of the injustice to the Dallas Black Community, the full depth of that injustice was only touched upon. (It was a fast meeting that ended on time.) The approved map will set back progress in the Dallas Black Community over a decade!

The petition speaks of the need that “the Voting Rights Act should be applied citywide, and not exclusively to southern Dallas...” Then the specific question is asked: “Why isn’t North Dallas’ District 10 that contains Hamilton Park and a sizeable Black voting age population, redistricted into a winnable Black seat?”

This points to some of the injustice. A much stronger North Dallas minority opportunity district can be created by reuniting the fragmented minority community that lives generally east of the line south down Coit from Spring Valley to hwy 75 and on to Loop 12. That community is fragmented between districts 10, 11, and 13. It is a classic example of fragmenting.

In addition to this fragmentation, in the approved map probably only one of the three black majority minority districts designed will survive as a black majority minority districts within 5 years! The approved map pays no attenditon to the movement of black population away from the current four districts led by black council members. Very little of that black population left Dallas! Black population only dropped very little, going from 25.65% to 25.05%, not a very large drop. However, 16,700 blacks left the four “black districts,” mostly moving into the 6 districts called the “white council districts.” If that movement continues at the same rate it has shown for the past decade there will almost immediately, THIS YEAR, only be two black majority minority districts. Within 5 years, there will only be one left! Population movement patterns were ignored in the approved map!

The injustice is that other maps have shown that 3 STRONG majority minority districts are possible that will remain strong, and even get stronger, over the next decade. Plus, at the same time, there can be two minority opportunity districts, one with a black majority!

With the correction of the fragmenting between districts 10, 11 and 13, this black majority district will even be stronger! It will certainly be a very winnable district!

See more details about how the approved redistricting map is an injustice to our Dallas Black Community at http://dallasredistricting2011... .

bbetzen
bbetzen

One addition must be made to the above assessment of the presentation on redistricting by Councilman Griggs.  He covered a lot, but did not have the time to more fully cover how the final approved redistricting map is an injustice to the Dallas black community. 

While the petition circulated specifically asked: "Why isn’t North Dallas’ District 10 that contains Hamilton Park and a sizeable Black voting age population, redistricted into a winnable Black seat?" there are many more details missing that document well that injustice.  Districts 13 and 11 must be added into the question in the petition as they each have parts of that fragmented minority community.  It is either side, but mostly east, of the line going south from Spring Valley, down Coit and Hwy 75 to Loop 12.  This community, fragmented into three city council districts, could be reunited into a winnable minority seat on the Council. 

Within 5 years there will probably only be one district remaining in Dallas that is a black majority minority district. The movement of black population from the current 4 districts represented by black council persons to other locations in Dallas was not a consideration in the approved map. (Note: only 6/10ths of one percent of the black population of Dallas was lost to Dallas over the past 10 years.) See more details of this issue at http://dallasredistricting2011....

  

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

He only does what Mary tells him to do.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

I beleive that the Charter states the Council must appove a map within 45 days of receiveing it from the Commission.  Which overall yes a map must have been approved by January but seeing that the Commssion reached a decision in August then the 45 day rule came into effect.  You said at last nights meeting you heard this.  It must have come from Scott Griggs... He thinks he some saint sent the Dallas City Hall or something, but he picks a chooses what he wants to hear, see and say...

RTR
RTR

Extremely good question, and my guess they had a very real reason to make it happen when they did versus January. They had to precede something that would have had a dramatic affect on the outcome of the "VOTES." ???? 

heart and soul
heart and soul

I have more brains than you Oak Cliff Res. You don't see me comparing people to Hitler.

Monty
Monty

And we know they could care less about working with other people to create a win-win. They just like to shove things down others throats and spend all their time in litigation. After all, its nothing more than taxpayers dollars, or better said - Monopoly Money. 

heart and soul
heart and soul

Scott Griggs knows bullshit when he hears it and when he sees it he calls it out.  A good thing for the people he represents and the people of Dallas but a bad thing if you are a walking piece of bullshit like Mike Rawlings. 

Oak Cliff Res, Do you work for the mayor or do you just peddle his bullshit for free?

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

I wasn't clear enough with my words. Apparently, January 2012 is the real DOJ deadline not the City of Dallas. I'm glad you had the charter information handy as it is important and makes sense for the timing of the vote. Most likely there will be more maps that flow into DOJ in the coming weeks, along with that Map 16 that had the broadest support before that late afternoon map vote at the council meeting. The map that was passed only after Ms. Hill insisted that D3 be drawn to include not only her home but the VA Hospital as well. Apparently, those two previous outlawed actions were superfluous in the scheme of things, hence how the vote went down.

heart and soul
heart and soul

We are done. I think you must be Dave Neumann. Who cares what you think.

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

If that is the scale that you use for rating people with brains then this conversation is done.  What have you added to this thread other than accusing me of carrying water for Rawlings (because I can refer to the City Charter when someone else is mistaken) then saying that Griggs knows bullshit and calls it out (because why? ok)...

Oak Cliff Res
Oak Cliff Res

Heart and Soul. I didn't say anything about Rawlings, but since you made that comment about Griggs, do you work for him? You ppl on this blog kill me. You sit around here like a AA meeting, consoling yourselves like a pitty party. Then when someone says something opposite and judging by Darrds response I was indeed right, but bc it upsets your pitty party you can't see past your ignorance you can't accept the truth.

Scott Griggs has more lies and propaganda than Hitler. But bc he is going against "The Machine" you junkies think its cool. At one point he even lied to Koop about boundaries lines in his own district to get her vote, then went back on the statement saying that he only had a second to look at the map.

Just bc you are against something doesn't make you right...

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