When Mariposa County was supposed to adjust its supervisorial districts 10 years ago because of population changes shown in the census, local officials decided not to.
"There were so many mistakes in the census," said Jim Allen, chairman of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors. "They had people living in areas that had absolutely no people. So we didn't redistrict."
Then the attorney general got involved, and told the county it had to change its districts.
At the Aug. 16 meeting, the redistricting was done. And so far the people of the county seem content with the changes.
Counties in California must look at the census numbers taken every 10 years and shift districts accordingly.
This year, the county looked at those numbers and made district changes aimed at being good not only for the Board of Supervisors, but for the county.
"We had towns split up before, and subdivisions split," Allen said. "That's all been fixed."
In the town of Mariposa, the highway had formed the district boundary. One supervisor had jurisdiction over one side of the street, and another supervisor had jurisdiction over the other side of the street. "It just wasn't making any sense," Allen said.
Another change was to separate the north county towns of Greeley Hill and Coulterville from towns closer to Mariposa, such as Bear Valley and Mount Bullion.
"People in the north county towns don't have a lot in common with the ones closer to town," Allen said. "It made sense to split them off."
The county looked at four plans, drawn up by the staff. Allen said he believes the supervisors now are representing the people they should be representing.
"We had our second public meeting Tuesday, and we had only two people show up," Allen said. "The first meeting had a lot more people than that. And both of those two people were happy. One even said 'thank you' to us."
Mariposa County has a population of 18,251, and no incorporated towns. Lee Stetson represents District 1, Lyle Turpin has District 2, Janet Bibby has District 3, Kevin Cann represents District 4 and Jim Allen has District 5.
Allen said he believes the supervisors were doing a good job of representing their districts, and that won't change.
"The people were well-represented, and now they'll be even better," he said.
Reporter Carol Reiter can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.