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Puyallup council considers redistricting

Post by Sara Schilling / The News Tribune on May 17, 2011 at 11:54 pm with 6 Comments »
May 17, 2011 11:54 pm

The Puyallup City Council will take a look next month at some options for changing its district boundaries, including moving to an at-large system.

It’s an issue that two years ago drew contentious debate.

“Every time we talk about districts it gets very personal,” said Mayor Kathy Turner on Tuesday.

The council discussed redistricting during its regular meeting but didn’t make any decisions or reach a consensus. By the end of the year, the city must prepare a plan for incorporating 2010 Census figures into its district boundaries. Any decisions won’t affect people running for election in the fall.

Council members Tuesday asked staff to bring back some options for further discussion.

Right now, the city has three geographic districts, with two council members elected from each one. The seventh council position is at-large, elected by all city voters.

Puyallup gained 4,000 people in the last 10 years and now has more than 37,000 residents.

The city’s central district, called District 2, has about 13,500 people. It’s bracketed roughly by Pioneer, State Route 512 and 23rd Avenue Southeast.

The city’s other two districts – District 1 to the north and District 3 to the south – both have fewer than 12,000 residents.

State guidelines say districts should be roughly the same size, as compact as possible and follow natural boundaries when feasible.

Two years ago, the council looked at redistricting after the West Hills area was annexed. Discussion grew tense, with accusations of gerrymandering.

The idea of moving to an at-large system was suggested, but was met with opposition from the public. About 100 people attended a council meeting where it was discussed, with 25 people taking to the microphone to speak against.

The council ended up shooting the proposal down.

Three years before that, more than 1,700 signatures were gathered against a proposal to add more at-large positions.

The council will discuss the district boundaries at its June 7 meeting.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. District lines are one thing and how folks are represented or vote for their representatives is another. No need to mash them together. Draw the damn lines and be done with it.

    Geddy Up!

  2. Attended the meeting, the people’s desires of their government is not a concern of the Mayor or her voting block. I am not a resident of the City of Puyallup, I was there to bring some young people to observe government in action. The young people were not impressed.

    On the drive home, I listened while the newly minted cynics talked about government corruption and arrogance. Sad.

  3. VOR, thanks for your comment above. Did you read this Don Malloy? You’re making a great impression on the young ones!

    Hee Haw!

  4. This Blog was reposted elsewhere in the paper with the headline referencing “School, Boundaries” and a picture (with data) of Stahl Jr High. This debate was never about school district boundaries, but rather city (political) district boundaries. C’mon TNT – I got big Luv ya’, but no need to get people stirred up about re-zoning school boundaries when that is not what was happening. :)

  5. vrumvrum says:

    It looks like Turner is trying to leave her scent on the city after she leaves. This council is doomed to make the same mistakes over and over and over.

    The Puyallup council is a perfect example of bad government. Boyle is really becoming a disappointment.

  6. puyallupmutt says:

    It’s Brouillet who is pushing the At Large movement (again). Its a vindictive side of her that has become too frequent lately. The bimbo does not have the intelligence to show up to do her job as Deputy Mayor whenever the mayor is absent. So she has faked numerous excuses to avoid the public embarrassment.
    She has to go down in history as the dimmest light bulb in local municipal politics. A real embarrassment for Puyallup.
    Now she is just plain nasty. We will miss one aspect when she leaves office this year, one less entertaining gambling session betting on the “ums” “ers” and “duhs” during her speeches.
    She has shamed and tarnished the Brouillet name in Puyallup for generations.

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