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Alhambra : Council Districts Realigned

September 16, 1993

The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday that changes council districts to keep up with population shifts.

While the changes might not affect city elections--candidates must run in their districts but are elected at large--the redistricting angered some residents who said the city should have made the process public.

The ordinance outlining the new boundaries was introduced on first reading last month after the city attorney hired a demographer to redraw the district lines. The matter was never discussed in open session, city officials said.

Gloria Georgino, a 40-year Alhambra resident and liaison to the City Council for the West San Gabriel Valley Assn. of Realtors, said the secrecy angered her. She added that she thought the districts should be abolished altogether.

According to the 1990 U.S. Census, Alhambra was 37% Asian, 36% Latino, 24% Anglo, and about 2% African-American. Four of the five council members are Anglo.

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