Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 2:41 PM, Chavez, Miguel wrote:
Ensure that Greater Roxbury's voice is heard......come to Franklin Park Golf Course 1 Circuit Drive and testify for your neighborhood

The Boston City Council’s Committee on Census & Redistricting will hold five hearings to discuss the redistricting process at locations throughout the City during the months of September and October.

District 2 City Councilor and Committee Chair Bill Linehan called for the hearings in order to solicit feedback from community leaders and residents active in their neighborhoods.

The Census & Redistricting Committee is charged with reviewing the results of the U.S. Census figures, overseeing voter participation levels and the process of redistricting.

The Committee held a public hearing at City Hall in May but Councilor Linehan felt the need to bring the Council to the neighborhoods and gather more input from residents in advance of any changes to the current Council boundaries.

“It is imperative that these sessions are attended by a diverse group of residents” Linehan explains. “Folks should come to voice their opinion and state criteria they feel is important to drawing a new district map.”

Given the 2010 Census results and the current delineation of Council districts, it is clear that many neighborhoods will be impacted and likely to see changes to the current City Council boundaries.

While Boston experienced a significant population growth from 2000, up nearly 5% (589,141- 617,594), only five of nine districts located in the northern sections of the City saw the increases.

Boston City Council

One City Hall Square 5th Floor
Boston MA 02201
Phone 617 635-3040
Fax 617 635-4203

Committee Hearing Notice -- Added Date

September 30, 2011

The Boston City Council's Committee on Census & Redistricting will hold several public hearings on the following dates:

. 6pm Thursday 8 September 2011 at Suffolk Law School
    120 Tremont Street Boston
. 6pm Tuesday 20 September 2011 at George Wright Golf Course
    420 West Street Boston
. 6pm Thursday 13 October 2011 at Franklin Park Golf Course
    1 Circuit Drive Boston
. 6pm Tuesday 18 October 2011 at Reggie Lewis Center
    1350 Tremont Street Boston
. 6pm Wednesday 26 October 2011 at New England Carpenter's Hall
    750 Dorchester Avenue Boston

The subject of the hearings is

Docket #0511: An Order for a Hearing Regarding the Results of the 2010 Census and Redistricting the City of Boston

This matter was sponsored by Councilor Linehan and referred to the committee on 6 April 2011.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify. If you have not testified at a Council hearing before, please arrive 5 minutes before the call of the hearing to sign up and become familiar with the hearing format, testimony locations, and sound system. Please bring 15 copies of any written documentation you wish to present at the hearing. If you know of others who may be interested in this hearing, kindly notify them.

Written comments may be made part of the record and avialable to all Councilors by sending them by email, fax, or mail to arrive before the hearing, please use the information below.

For the Committee:
/s/Bill Linehan, Chair
Committee on Census & Redistricting

Mail Address: Docket #0511, City Council, City Hall 5th Floor, Boston MA 02201
Fax Number: 617 635-4203 Attn: Christine O'Donnell, Docket #0511
Committee email:
Staff email: christine.o'

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