At the November meeting of the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC), a substantial discussion regarding four draft plans submitted by the County Staff Advisory Committee for County redistricting following the 2020 census. The NCAC sent the following letter to the County Board of Supervisors after a vote was taken with regard to these plans:
At its regular monthly meeting last night, November 17th, the North Coast Advisory Council (NCAC) voted to recommend to the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors (BOS) that they adopt the draft Plan A for the 5 supervisorial districts in SLO county, which keeps the boundaries of the districts largely as they now exist.
Cambria is currently in District 2, along with several other North Coast unincorporated areas, including San Simeon, Cayucos, and Los Osos. These communities, along with Morro Bay (which is incorporated), constitute a Community of Interest (COI) because of their similar concerns about coastal resources, including the proposed development of offshore energy and the existing and proposed marine sanctuaries, and our reliance on tourism for a major portion of our economy.
Keeping COI’s together is an important principle in redistricting; therefore, it is fitting that Cambria remain in this COI and not be grouped with other, more urban, areas that do not share our particular concerns, which draft Map C would specifically do.
In addition, because the county’s population since the last census in 2010 did not change sufficiently to warrant that district boundaries be redrawn, Map A is legally sufficient. This choice also preserves the compactness of the district.
The NCAC urges the Board of Supervisors to be mindful of these considerations during its redistricting deliberations and adopt Map A.
At its meeting on redistricting last Friday, the County Board of Supervisors narrowed its redistricting choices after several hours of deliberation. The Board voted to move forward with Plan A and the Patten map –both maps are available for review at: slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Administrative-Office. On the left side of the page, click on “2021 Redistricting.”