Dec 9 2015
City Council Districts Good or Bad?

I am torn on the issue of cities having council districts as opposed to having council members representing all residents.

On one hand it seems to be a way to provide local neighborhood residents a voice and support. On the other hand it seems to be divisive in separating neighborhoods, or having council members feel that if a resident is not in their district why should they help them.

I am sure we will hear more about this.

Pasadena has seven council districts. Voters in Pasadena vote for council member to represent their district. The elected council member must live in the district they “serve”.

Burbank and Glendale have no districting.

Is this something that should be revisited, and why is it that cities of comparable size and neighboring do not have districts?

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