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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:42 pm

It’s time for a second round of public comments on new districts in the city of Phoenix.

With comments from the first meeting the City Council and the city’s consultant, Research Advisory Services, has narrowed the redistricting down to two concept maps, with a 5 percent variation possible on each of the maps. Both of the maps keep Ahwatukee Foothills in one district.

“There were some maps that literally divided Ahwatukee in half,” said City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. “The consultant insisted on doing something like that, but you cannot divide our community in half. It loses its political clout. The maps that were moved forward kept communities intact and it wasn’t just Ahwatukee Foothills.”

DiCiccio said the maps that have moved forward create a historic district in downtown Phoenix and take into consideration growth areas in north Phoenix.

The city is required by law to go through a redistricting process, keeping in mind the latest census data. Each district must be close to equal in population, preserve communities and protect minority voting strength.

To view the two concept maps that are moving forward for public consideration, visit phoenix.gov/redistricting. Feedback can be submitted by email to redistricting@phoenix.gov or by phone at (602) 256-4357. Residents may also mail their comments to the City Clerk Department, ATTN: Redistricting, 200 W. Washington St., 15th floor, Phoenix, Ariz. 85003-1611. All feedback on the concept maps must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

The city is also hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the process. The last of the meetings will be in Ahwatukee Foothills at the Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St., on Tuesday, May 15 from 6 to 7 p.m. For a complete list of public meetings, visit phoenix.gov/redistricting.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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