A referendum on redistricting in Berkeley would short circuit a thorough community process and delay implementation of new Council districts, argues Eric Panzer in an Opinionator piece published on Berkeleyside today.
Panzer writes that claims that the City Council-approved redistricting map isn’t “progressive” is “misinformed at best and dishonest at worst.” If enough signatures are gathered for a referendum, he claims, Berkeley taxpayers will shoulder the quarter-million dollar cost of an unnecessary special election, and put off the necessary adoption of balanced districts.
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