Merced College's Los Banos Campus wants to hear the opinions of its constituents early next month.
Every 10 years Merced College is required to redistrict the areas represented by its seven trustees. The redistricting parallels the U.S. census.
In a statement about the redistricting, President Ben Duran said the redistricting is meant to balance out the districts and to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Duran said public comment is essential.
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"Our purpose is to ensure that communities will remain intact and that the people can elect district trustees who represent their best interests," he said.
The Merced Community College District will hold the public hearings to review legal guidelines, develop and adopt local goals and develop the first of several redistricting scenarios.
Duran said the plan is scheduled to be complete by November, so it can be sent to the Department of Justice by December. The deadline for completion is March.
District 5, which includes Los Banos, and District 3 are overpopulated, while Districts 4 and 7 are underpopulated, according to a Merced County Association of Governments representative at the initial meeting.
The board will convene a public hearing Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Los Banos Campus, 22240 Highway 152. A public outreach meeting is also scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.
The main campus in Merced, 3600 M St., will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Oct. 18, and a public outreach meeting Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.
The public hearings are open to all members of the community.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos