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City councilors to discuss how to go about using census data to redraw district lines

City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) holds a hearing starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday on how to go about carving up the city into nine equitable district seats based on the 2020 census.

Breadon took over responsibility for redistricting efforts after Council President Ed Flynn bounced Councilor Ricardo Arroyo over those sexual-assault allegations, which seem to have disappeared now that he lost the primary for DA. Her committee is supposed to come up with a map showing the boundaries of the city's nine district seats.

Breadon says she does not have a map in mind, because she first wants to hear "community priorities, values, and guidelines" before sitting down to draw the new lines for approval by the council - which in addition to nine district councilors also has four councilors elected at large.

But Arroyo - and Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson (Roxbury) - do have a map.



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Good gerrymandering is good.

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Needs to first address hiring relatives.

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You mean the person who posted a picture of Ho Chi Mihn on twitter calling for revolution despite not realizing that a massive amount of the Vietnamese population of Boston is here because they or their parents / grandparents opposed Ho and the Vietmihn wasn't smart enough to realize that you can't hire your relatives?

I'm shocked.

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is I shouldn't rely on her for dating tips

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Ah, what could possibly go wrong?

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which seem to have disappeared now

Uh, really?

From this article, dated September 16, it seems this is not over, considering "Todd Foy Jr. went to school with Arroyo, who attended MCLA from 2008 to 2011, and said during that time there were a couple of female students who felt suspicious after interacting with him."

Sounds like there may be more people yet to come forward.

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A quick search on OCPF shows that he donated to Arroyo, so clearly whatever hearsay he's offering in that article didn't deter him from donating to his campaign.

My guess is if there was more coming it would have came.

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There are quite a few differences between Breadon's original and amended dockets. She (or someone else - I don't know how it works) deleted her proposed principles (which placed a lot of emphasis on race and groups) and left it open.

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Somerville adjusted its ward boundaries in time for this year's election, based on the 2020 census, and I think other cities did as well. (Somerville's seven wards are also its City Council districts.)

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First, they are not adjusting the wards. There were some precinct adjustments that took place before this election.

Beyond that, it's politics. They have until next year's elections to make the changes, so it will happen as late as possible. Honestly, if it's done by the end of this year, we should throw a parade.

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why would redistricting need to be completed this year, when the election cycle in Boston is odd years?

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None of the maps I could find linked in the article are very useful to see the changes. Anyone have any idea what would actually change other than what is listed in the 'gbh post? No one included a side by side of the old map and the proposed new one.

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