On December 12, 2017, the Board adopted a resolution of intention to transition from at-large to district-based elections.
On January 9, 2018, the Board held its first public hearing and received public input in accordance with California Elections Code section 10010(a)(1), regarding the establishment of possible district boundaries for district-based elections. As required under state law, the Board must conduct a second public hearing regarding the establishment of possible district boundaries for district-based elections and any parameters to be considered.
On January 23, 2018, the Board held a second public hearing and received public input regarding the composition of proposed district boundaries for the District’s election system and set a public hearing for February 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., to be held at LACSD Blue Jay Board Room 27307 St. Hwy. 189, Ste. 104, Blue Jay, CA 92317. In accordance with California Elections Code section 10010 (a)(2), the Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing regarding the content of the draft map(s) and proposed sequence of information on staggered terms of office and the potential sequence of elections if applicable. At least one draft map will be made available on the District’s website at least seven (7) days before the public hearing. The public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections if applicable. Those desiring to be heard in favor of, or opposition to, this item will be given an opportunity to do so during such hearing. Use the link below to view the draft maps.
Draft District Maps
The California Voting Rights Act (“CVRA”) was adopted in 2002 and applies to at-large election voting systems, or those that combine at-large with district-based elections. The CVRA prohibits elections that prevent members of a protected class from electing their chosen candidates to a public agency’s governing board or otherwise impairs the ability of voters from a protected class to influence elections. The District does not believe that its current at-large election system violates the CVRA. However, there have been a number of recent challenges to at-large election systems throughout the state, and maintaining an at-large system exposes the District to a risk of costly litigation. Many municipalities and special districts are making similar changes to their elections system to avoid risks associated with litigation.
Under Government Code § 34886 and Elections Code § 10010, the process of conversion consists of: two public hearings; the drawing of draft maps; two additional public hearings; and finally, adoption of an ordinance selecting a district map and establishing the process by which staggered district elections will be implemented. Following these guidelines, if approved, a district-based election system could be phased in over two election cycles starting in November of 2018 with full implementation in 2020. Each district would elect one Board Member to a four-year term.