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College's New Election Zones Avoid Splitting Most Cities

February 20, 1992

WHITTIER AREA — Rio Hondo College trustees have approved new boundaries to balance the population in each election district and to avoid splitting most communities between several districts. Board members approved the plan by a 3 to 1 vote.

With the new boundaries, each district will have a population of about 74,000. Communities that will not be divided among election districts include El Monte, South El Monte, Santa Fe Springs and Pico Rivera, according to the president's office.

Board member Isabelle Gonthier voted against the plan because it divided greater Whittier among three of the five election districts. Board president Barbara Stone abstained from voting.

Rejected plans included one which would have maintained the present boundaries as much as possible and another that would have distributed Latino residents as evenly as possible.

The board changed the boundaries because population growth had occurred unevenly throughout the area served by the community college. The district populations ranged from 67,000 in one district to 87,000 in another.

The new boundaries take effect in November, 1993, when the college holds its next trustee elections.

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