Committee of Seventy blasts City Council for redistricting approach

    City Council will hold a public redistricting hearing Aug. 16 to allow people to weigh in on Philadelphia’s remapping.

    It’ll be the only public hearing Council holds before the new plan is due Sept. 9.

    “Holding one public hearing in City Hall – less than one month before a redistricting plan must be in place – essentially says to the public ‘we really don’t care what you think,’” Committee of Seventy Vice President and Policy Director Ellen Mattleman Kaplan said yesterday in a release.

    A resolution Council passed in June called for public hearings to make the redistricting process open and transparent.

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    WHYY’s Tom MacDonald will have more reaction later to Council’s plans for remapping meetings. And if you want more than one shot at drawing the councilmanic lines for yourself, stop by next week.

    Along with the Daily News and Azavea, we’re holding a free public session that gives you the chance to put your redistricting ideas in front of City Council — and win money.

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