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Saturday, April 9, 2011

City Council to Hold Citywide Redistricting Meeting

(Public invited to get the facts and information on redistricting, and why it's necessary)

New Orleans - The New Orleans City Council will hold a citywide meeting to inform the community-at-large about the process to redraw council district boundaries. The public is encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St. At the meeting, Council members will inform the public about why they are required to redraw district boundaries, according to the City Charter. They will also offer specifics about the redistricting process and how it will move forward.

The City Council Redistricting Plan is not to be confused with the redistricting effort that is ongoing in the Louisiana State Legislature. That separate redistricting effort impacts seats in the State House of Representatives and State Senate, as well as, Louisiana's United States Congressional Districts.

The City Council's redistricting effort affects the five New Orleans Districts; A, B, C, D, and E Residents will receive current population information by district and citywide. Each district is required to have, as nearly as possible, the same number of residents. The council will inform the public how this number is reached and what the new boundaries might mean for each district.

Residents will receive a schedule of upcoming redistricting meetings that will be held in their respective communities. At these meetings residents will have an opportunity to voice opinions and offer feedback on the redistricting plans.

For more information:

Evelyn Pugh, Chief of Staff

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