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ARCADIA CITY COUNCIL <br /> REGULAR ADJOURNED MEETING MINUTES <br /> TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2017 <br /> CALL TO ORDER — Mayor Amundson called the regular meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. <br /> INVOCATION — Mayor Peter Amundson <br /> PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE — Mayor Peter Amundson <br /> ROLL CALL OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS <br /> PRESENT: Beck, Chandler, Verlato, Tay, and Amundson <br /> ABSENT: None <br /> Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(b), Mayor Pro Tern Tay participated via <br /> teleconference from 3855 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716, and notice was properly <br /> posted as required by law. <br /> SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION FROM CITY MANAGER REGARDING AGENDA ITEMS <br /> City Manager Lazzaretto stated there was no supplemental agenda information. <br /> PUBLIC HEARING <br /> a. Public hearing to receive public comments on transition to district based elections. <br /> Recommendation: Conduct a public hearing to receive public input regarding <br /> the composition of the districts and provide direction on the number of draft <br /> maps and parameters to be considered <br /> City Manager Lazzaretto provided the staff report. <br /> In response to questions raised by Council Member Verlato, Dr. Justin Levitt, Vice President, <br /> National Demographics Corp., explained that the Federal Voting Rights Act does not <br /> necessarily require that a district be drawn by majority or minority, etc., but makes sure to <br /> respect the needs of protected class groups in two ways (1) to make sure that if there are <br /> groups of protected class individuals that there is no intent to either pack them all into one <br /> district so that they cannot exert influence elsewhere; and (2) they cannot be diluted in such a <br /> way that prevents them from influencing a number of seats, if possible; and explained that as <br /> part of their analysis they will be presenting 3 or 4 options that will be legally defensible maps. <br /> Mayor Amundson opened the public hearing. <br /> Mike Vercillo, an Arcadia resident, appeared and applauded the City Council for moving toward <br /> district based elections instead of spending millions of dollars in litigation; he indicated that he <br /> was a little concerned with some of the comments made by the City Council about drawing up <br /> districts, and in particular, gerrymandering; he provided the City Council with his own map and a <br /> summary of those neighborhoods; he had several "what if" questions that he shared with the <br />