On December 16, 2015, the City received a letter asserting the City’s "at-large" electoral system, violates the California Voting Rights Act. This letter threatened litigation if the City declined to adopt a "by-district" ordinance for use in the November 2016 elections and thereafter. Consequently, on March 18, 2016, the City Council held a special meeting to discuss the City’s electoral system. City Council concluded that the public interest would be better served by transitioning to "by-district" elections in time for the November 2016 City Council elections.
It is important to note, the December 2015 letter was not accompanied by any evidence to support the claim of a violation, however, the threat of a costly lawsuit outweighs the risk of deferring a"by-district" electoral system.
- March 18, 2016 Special City Council Meeting
- April 6, 2016 Special City Council Meeting Agenda Packet
- April 20, 2016 Special City Council Meeting Agenda Packet
- May 4, 2016 Special City Council Meeting Agenda Packet
- May 17, 2016 Regular City Council Meeting Agenda Packet
Proposed District Maps
Introduced at the April 20, 2016 Special City Council Meeting:
Introduced at the May 4, 2016 Special City Council Meeting:
To be Introduced at the May 17, 2016 City Council Meeting:
To find out what voting district you reside, please view the interactive map.
Your feedback is encouraged as we implement a "by-district" electoral system. For additional information or to provide comments, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.