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.
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 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.
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
March 22, 2017: Public Hearings About District-Based Elections Maps
February 17, 2017: Santa Maria City Council to Consider District Elections