District Elections

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On July 11, 2018, the City Council officially passed an ordinance adopting district-based elections using Map 109. Districts 2 and 4 will have elections in November 2020, and Districts 1, 3, and 5 to have elections in November 2022.

On June 20th, the City Council selected Map 109 with Districts 2 and 4 to have elections in November 2020 and Districts 1, 3, and 5 to have elections in November 2022.

DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

WHY DISTRICT ELECTIONS?

The city received a certified letter (view Español, Tagalog, Simplified Chinese) from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes on March 6, 2018 claiming the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) because Council members are elected at-large rather than by districts. Dozens of local government agencies in California have faced similar challenges in recent years.

ACTIONS TAKEN:

On April 11, 2018, the Council adopted Resolution 52-2018 to adopt district elections, taking advantage of a legal protection, the Safe Harbor Law AB 350, that enables cities to have a say in district boundaries and avoid costly litigation. on July 11, 2018 the Council officially passed the ordinance to adopt district elections.

This protection applies only to cities that pass a resolution within 45 days of receiving a demand letter alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act. The resolution must indicate the city’s intent to move to district elections.

COMMUNITY INPUT: 

The City held six public hearings to receive public input, draw district boundaries, and adopt an ordinance to transition to district-based elections. Public input was received on the district boundaries. As part of the process, all residents had the opportunity to draw district lines via an online mapping tool or via paper mapping tools.

2018 TIMELINE FOR ADOPTING DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

 DE Timeline Rev. 5.18.18

 

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