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Ramsey County Redistricting Townhall - Shared screen with speaker view
Ramsey County Elections
03:11:26
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d47d7bf4bc934340af4a005acab5f12b
Amirillis Vang
03:28:51
I have voice my point by submission.
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
03:33:44
thank you.
Natalie Somerson (she/her)
03:44:32
I would echo concern around intentional outreach beyond this session & the workshop on the 5th. What is the county/consultants doing to work directly with community organizations/leaders to include non-white residents and hear their feedback?
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
03:48:47
Can Lauren expand on her outreach to the Somali community?
Ramsey County Elections
03:50:28
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d47d7bf4bc934340af4a005acab5f12b
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
03:55:16
Thank you to whoever pointed out the accessibility issue with the map, colors and district lines. I also had issues looking between the options. I hope ramsey county can help fix this.
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
03:56:16
I hope the labeling can be fixed in ArchGIS.
Patty Mac
04:00:58
District 6 also follows our Senate District - we need to keep our community together. We like being a diverse community - with Hmong, Somali, Native American and white.
RH
04:01:13
The east side ends at 35E. It is a community and geographic boundary, as much as a river might separate a neighborhood.
Amirillis Vang
04:03:38
I'm translating for elders in the room and they would like to know "what is the cause or need to redistrict?"
Patty Mac
04:04:29
Good question Amirillis
Amirillis Vang
04:05:56
Thank you
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:06:52
Hi, Natalie Somerson asked this question earlier and i'm sorry if i didn't hear it. What are your engagement and outreach plans for the other ethnic, diverse and underrepresented communities.?
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:09:10
How are you sharing this with non English speaking groups?
Ramsey County Elections
04:09:25
The public can also submit feedback directly to the county at https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/redistricting
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:12:03
Thank you Laurie for expanding on that.
Patty Mac
04:12:04
Agreed Laurie.
Patty Mac
04:16:24
LOL!! It’s been good… Maybe the info on the site needs to be in several languages?
Patty Mac
04:17:19
Or maybe even have short mp4 files in various language that people could listen to a short overview and then be able to comment
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:18:14
I am concerned about time, language and technology barriers that may prevent people from participating or giving feedback. thank you.
Amirillis Vang
04:19:42
I want to say that it's not just a language concern for non-English speakers.
Patty Mac
04:20:25
Can you expand A mirillis?
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:21:51
Thank you, Natalie!!
Terry
04:23:48
Dave seems to not understand about the land East of the river and South of downtown St. Paul, that it is mostly railroad, industrial and some parkland. There is no residential development there.
Natalie Somerson (she/her)
04:24:46
by no means is this a dig at elections officials or staff, they have been great allies. the concern is that this process is often very inaccessible and it would have been great to have education opportunities for the public prior to the listening session/timeline
Patty Mac
04:25:21
Yes, Natalie
Patty Mac
04:25:49
I agree with you. I did not see it as a dig either...
Mai Xiong - (she/her)
04:27:16
Thank you Amirillis.
Natalie Somerson (she/her)
04:27:50
yes Amarillis!!
Natalie Somerson (she/her)
04:28:00
*Amirillis!
Patty Mac
04:28:08
What do you think could be done to have them feel like they will be heard? and make sure they are? Great points!
Rena Moran
04:30:40
Great comments and question Amarillis
Natalie Somerson (she/her)
04:31:43
@amirillis TY to your aunt for raising that question/concern! the real world impact is not always taken into account when we think about this process, and definitely an education opportunity for all of us
Amirillis Vang
04:31:50
Thanks. I'm just the messengers for community members who can't self advocate.
Patty Mac
04:32:26
Well, thank goodness you are able to do that Amirilis so they can be heard!
Amirillis Vang
04:32:44
Thanks Natallie and everyone.
Amirillis Vang
04:33:43
Great point Lori. I wasn't even aware of this townhall but a friend told me to attend. I reached out to community and related the messages.
Amirillis Vang
04:34:44
I noticed that Ramsey County needs to improve it's communication practice to reach out to all residents within Ramsey.
Gary Fifield
04:34:46
I would just like to make a comment here. That is, the drawing of maps needs to wait for the process to proceed. However, for future reference for county staff and commissioners, the discussions with communities can occur at any point. We could have been having community discussions on issues in January or February.
Ramsey County Elections
04:35:21
See all resources and comment feedback form here: https://www.ramseycounty.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/redistricting
Ramsey County Elections
04:35:45
See all proposed maps here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/d47d7bf4bc934340af4a005acab5f12b
Patty Mac
04:36:37
Is that timeline posted on the website? If not, please put it up.
Patty Mac
04:37:33
Thank you.