Redistricting May Split Fremont's Indian Vote
Members of the Indian American community in Fremont are upset by plans to split the city into two Congressional districts, India West reports.
A draft map released by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission this month would group the northern half Fremont with Newark, Union City, Hayward and San Leandro and the southern half with
Milpitas and eastern San Jose.
Fremont City Council members have expressed concern that the plan would dilute the city’s voice, particularly for its Indian American residents—which make up 18 percent of the city’s population, according to 2010 Census data.
“The Indian Americans (in Fremont) and the city is rightly concerned about a dilution of power,” Council Member Ash Kalra told India West.
The independent commission comes out of a 2008 ballot initiative that stripped the power of redistricting from California legislators. It is a process that occurs every 10 years and is supposed to reflect
demographic shifts, as recorded by the census.
The commission will hold public hearings on Saturday in San Jose and Monday in San Francisco to collect comments. A second draft of the map will be released July 1 and the final districts must be certified by August 15.