The Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold its first public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on more than a dozen proposals to reconfigure boundaries for the county's five supervisor districts.
Like many county issues, the redistricting proposals are influenced by the controversy over plans to convert the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station into a commercial airport. Several of the proposals could dilute South County's political opposition to airport plans, although all proposals would place Santa Ana, the county seat, within one district. Santa Ana, with the county's highest percentage of minorities, now lies in three districts.
The hearing will be in the Hall of Administration, 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana. The redistricting, based on the 2000 census, is to be completed July 17. An ordinance outlining the new districts is scheduled to be approved Aug. 21.