With time still on the clock, City Hall has already received more suggested maps for new Sacramento City Council districts this go-round than a decade ago.
As of Wednesday, 14 proposals had been submitted, compared to 13 for the 2000 redistricting.
Interested residents and groups have until midnight Monday to put in a map through the city's website. The mapping software will still be available after that, but the "submit" function will be disabled.
Some have questioned why the mapping software starts from the existing eight council districts, suggesting that might give the incumbents a leg up.
The city's explanation: To make sure no blocks are left out of suggested maps and to follow the criteria to consider "communities of interest" - one of them being existing districts. The city also notes that the location of incumbents' homes isn't marked, though of course that's not that difficult to figure out.
Council members are trying to broaden public outreach this time by appointing a citizens advisory committee that will help vet the maps. But the task is still tough: The population gap among districts is sizable, meaning quite a bit of shifting around.
The 2010 Census put