City council gives early OK to reapportionment plan
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Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a reapportionment plan that keeps voting districts intact in Beechview and Schenley Farms.
The nine council districts must be redrawn after the census every 10 years to account for population shifts. A nine-member reapportionment advisory commission put forth a plan that shifted 30 voting precincts from one council district to another, but council members quarreled over some proposed changes.
The advisory commission proposed moving two Beechview voting districts from Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak's district to Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith's district. Council amended the plan to keep Beechview intact.
Last week, Ms. Kail-Smith inadvertently amended the advisory commission's plan in a way that split the Schenley Farms neighborhood between the districts of Councilmen Bill Peduto and Bruce Kraus. Council corrected that error in giving preliminary approval to the reapportionment plan Wednesday. Schenley Farms will remain in Mr. Peduto's district.
A final vote on the plan is scheduled for Tuesday.
First Published December 7, 2012 12:00 am