The issue is “redistricting” — the mandate that every ten years City Council redraw its boundaries to reflect population shifts.
Leaders of the Philadelphia’s Latino community came before City Council on Tuesday, urging the lawmakers to create a primarily Hispanic district when the city’s map of Council districts gets redrawn.
Tuesday, city council’s chamber is the site of the first hearing on redistricting. The map must be redrawn based on the results of the 2010 census, which found growing numbers of residents in the eastern portion of the city.
By law, City Council has only until September 9th to redistrict, based on census numbers that show a significant population shift in Philadelphia. The hearing is set for August 16th.