The City Council's redistricting committee held a public hearing today that went for three hours. You can watch the whole thing above. The tl;dr version below:
Acting Committee Chairwoman Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) promised to create new equitable and fair maps for the city's nine council districts, based on 2020 census data, districts that comply with the Voting Rights Act. Also, there's no map now. Today is just to talk about how to develop the map. Again, there is no map.
Chinese residents from the South End: Don't split the South End from Chinatown. The South End has a lot of Chinese-American residents - many forced out of Chinatown by gentrification - who have close ties to Chinatown.
Lydia Lowe of Chinese Progressive Political Action: God love the way people in South Boston turn out to vote, and God love Ed Flynn, who has done a lot of good work with the Chinese-American community, but don't further dilute Chinatown's vote in a district that has been represented by an Irish-American man since the start of district seats in 1983.
Black residents from Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan: Talk about transparency all you want, the way Ed Flynn arbitrarily yanked Ricardo Arroyo from chairing the redistricting effort sucks and we don't trust you anymore, so you've got your work cut out for you, especially after that infamous Aug. 31 council meeting where Black and Brown councilors spoke about the council being polarized and "racialized" and not a single White councilor rose to support them. Respect the Voting Rights Act, stop splitting up predominantly Black neighborhoods such as Mattapan and Uphams Corner and prove to us there's no White cabal holding closed-door meetings in City Hall to keep certain people in power.
Former State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson: We'll be watching you.
Ed Flynn: Breadon and committee Vice Chair Brian Worrell are doing a great job.
Lisette Le, executive director of VietAID in Fields Corner: Stop splitting up Fields Corner.
Steve Fox, head of the group that reps all the neighborhood groups in the South End: Stop dividing the South End among three council districts (Ed. note: Somebody from Roslindale needs to have a talk with him).