Several neighborhood activists complained at a public hearing last night that Mayor Martin O'Malley drafted his redistricting map to appease City Council incumbents rather than community organizations.
Nearly all of the residents who spoke at the hearing at City College asked the council to reject O'Malley's map and pass its own version before the mayor's becomes law at the end of next month. Either way, the city will be carved into 14 single-member districts as required by a referendum last year.
Residents from Belair-Edison, Pen Lucy, Waverly and other neighborhoods said they were upset their communities were split into multiple council districts.
Dean Haithcox, a board member of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the group that spearheaded the referendum, said O'Malley did not consult neighborhoods when he drew the map. "This needs to go back to the drawing board," Haithcox said.