Against Voting Districts in Irvine

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To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is to express my dismay at the proposal of dividing the city in multiple districts for the purpose of electing city council members. Splitting the city in this way will only balcanize its inhabitants, who will belong to separate factions, sometimes in agreement, and sometimes in disagreement with each other. We may find ourselves in a situation for which the interests of one village go against the interests of another, leading to friction and disputes within the city. We also risk the additional specter that some border villages may be better aligned with the agenda of border cities than with the aims of the city of Irvine. The best solution is to keep the city united by not splitting the city council vote; by creating districts on paper we create division in the real world.