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ADVISORY

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District Elections

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The Santa Maria City Council on February 21 launched the process to convert its elections from the current at-large voting system to a district-based process.

The Santa Maria City Council will consider input from the public within a thirty (30) day period pursuant to California Elections Code §10010 regarding the composition of districts for district-based elections prior to drawing a draft map or maps of the proposed boundaries of the districts.

The City has hired a demographics and elections consultant along with an attorney that specializes in district-based elections.

IMPLEMENTATION PHASE

City staff anticipates the process to be completed by May 2017. The first district election is to be held in 2018, when two City Council seats will be up for election, followed in 2020 by the remainder of the five-member Council.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Public Hearings are scheduled for the purpose of explaining the process of transitioning to district elections and to hear from members of the public on their ideas of drafting the district maps. The consultant will explain what is redistricting, and how new voting districts must meet certain requirements such as equal population, ethnic makeup, current neighborhoods, geography, and other factors. 

Public Hearings: 

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 313 W. Tunnell Street

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Edwards Community Center, 809 Panther Drive

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the Minami Center, 600 W. Enos Street

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, 600 S. McClelland Street

BACKGROUND

City Council staff report of February 21, 2017
City Council staff report of March 7, 2017 and Here is the presentation

NEWS RELEASES

March 22, 2017: Public Hearings About District-Based Elections Maps

February 27, 2017: The Process to Transition to District-Based Elections to be Discussed at City Council Meetings

February 17, 2017: Santa Maria City Council to Consider District Elections