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Health district approves redistricting map

Rick Monroe

Special to the Village News

Directors of the Fallbrook Regional Health District approved the "tan map" option for redistricting at the March 9 board meeting. A variation suggested at a March 5 public hearing was considered, but demographers showed it wouldn't work because the population in one of the five sub-districts would be greater than the 10% difference allowed, based on the 2020 census.

The board is governed by directors elected from five geographic areas within the district. Trustees considered numerous maps during the past several months and the final choices were a "purple map," a "tan map," and the variation of the "tan map." The tan map selected is like the current boundaries with adjustments needed because of the greater growth in the eastern part of Fallbrook, especially east of I-15.

Like other districts, the FRHD was required to adjust its boundaries for the remainder of this decade based on population, communities of interest and other factors. District 2, mostly the downtown area, will remain a majority minority area in the new plan.

There are 56,339 people in the district and each of the five sub-districts have 11,000 in its area. The Hispanic population is 73% in District 2, and the next highest is District 1 with 42%.

Howard Salmon is chair and Barbara Mroz is vice chair. Other members are Stephanie Ortiz, Jennifer Jeffries, treasurer, and Kate Schwartz-Frates, secretary.

In the fall, voters will decide if Salmon, Jeffries and Schwartz-Frates will be reelected to another four-year term. Jeffries represents District 1; Ortiz, District 2; Schwartz-Frates, District 3; Mroz, District 4; and Salmon, District 5.

The new boundaries will allow current board members to continue to represent the areas where they reside.

Directors voted 4-0 to approve the tan map at the March 5 meeting. Ortiz was not present.


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