Why not try real solutions?
Spokane could just decide to love its community more. Everyone wants less crime, but leaning on police to do all the work just creates more prisoners. We need to actually invest in our community; in each other.
The Spokane County Independent Redistricting Committee (IRC) released its draft redistricting plan on August 24. The plan includes four proposed maps for dividing the county. The Coalition for Creating 5 Fair, Equitable Spokane County Commissioner Districts has proposed a suggested map as well. Check out the maps and see how your community and neighborhood have been effected.
What makes a good map?
A good map will use existing boundaries and the borders of Spokane County to divide districts. The Coalition maps were drawn using natural boundaries like the Spokane River, meaning close neighbors are not separated into different districts.
A good map connects communities of interest based on location and issues facing their growth. In the Coalition map, the City of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake on each side of the river are included in one district as they face similar issues and because of their touching boundaries. Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights are all kept in the same district for similar reasons. In contrast, the IRC maps separate adjacent communities into different districts.
What makes a district map both legal & equitable?
County Commissioner Districts should:
The IRC must submit its final redistricting plan by Oct. 23. The total numbers from the 2020 Census are being released soon, and the proposed plans will adjust with the new data. These maps are a start, but they are only suggestions.
The IRC will hold one more public information sessions and hearings leading up the finalization of the redistricting plan to share information, receive public input, and answer questions.
Locations and information on how to join virtually or in-person is posted at www.RedistrictSpokaneCo.com prior to each event. Until October 12, people can comment on the redistricting process at committee meetings, by email at email@example.com or by mail:
P.O. Box 31508 Spokane, WA 99223.