Clovis News

7 proposals for Fresno Co. supervisor districts

Fresno County Supervisor Susan Anderson might represent more of Clovis. Or she might represent none of Clovis.

Supervisor Henry Perea might represent part of the Fig Garden – or more of south Fresno.

And Supervisor Judy Case may or may not represent the community of Malaga, as she does now.

A task force charged with redrawing the county's five supervisorial districts unveiled two new proposals Monday, bringing the number of ways new districts might be configured to seven. The options present wide-ranging possibilities.

Task force chairman Ken Abrahamian said the group's redistricting proposals would be narrowed to no more than six before they are passed on to the Board of Supervisors for a final selection.

The last meeting of the task force is Wednesday.

With tens of thousands of votes at stake, supervisors have begun taking interest in the group's work.

Anderson and Perea, whose districts need to add residents to catch up with the others, said Monday that some of the current proposals are nonstarters.

Both criticized configurations that would take away their current constituents and plug the gap with new ones.

"There should not be one voter that comes out of my district, only more voters that go in," said Anderson. "It's unnecessary change."

Anderson, whose district is centered in north Fresno, has said she wants to continue representing part of Clovis and perhaps represent more of it.

Perea, not wanting to take away constituents from Anderson to the north, said his central Fresno district should grow to the south and west.

That idea, however, has met resistance.

At Monday's task force meeting, Abrahamian objected to proposals that would extend Perea's district to the west, fearing the shift would break up the political voice of a neighborhood now represented by Supervisor Phil Larson.

"I feel that's dividing the west Fresno community," said Abrahamian, who is Larson's appointee to the task force. "It makes a nice square line but I don't think it's serving the community."

Redistricting, required every 10 years, is done to balance the populations of the districts and retain communities of interest.

Over the past decade, the more rural districts represented by Larson and Supervisor Debbie Poochigian have grown, meaning they need to give up residents – a combined 30,000.

Case's district remains very close to the target size of 186,090 people.