After a Lot of Bitching, City Council Approves Adding Two New Seats

It took a surprising amount of bitching and complaining from people who apparently don't like to share the spotlight, but the city council has approved Mayor Annise Parker's plan to go ahead and add two district seats to the elected panel.

The city declared that -- no matter what the hell the census said -- the city's population is 2.1 million, triggering an agreement with the Department of Justice to add two seats.

The single-member districts will each be composed of about 190,000 residents. Currently there are nine single-district council members and five at-large.

Now the fun of redistricting begins.

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