The City's Charter commits the City to changing the election of City Council members from "at-large" to "by-districts" by no later than the November 2022 Election or when the City's population reaches 5,000. On January 11, 2017, the City Council approved an agreement with National Demographics Corporation to commence the process of establishing Council districts reaffirming its commitment to converting from at-large to by-district Council Member elections.
Elections Code section 10010 sets forth procedures for converting from at large elections to district-based elections. Though a Charter City is not generally required to follow the procedures in the Elections Code, the City will be following it based on the fact that it sets forth a clear procedure that ensures ample public participation in the drawing of district boundaries.
Elections Code section 10010 requires at least four public hearings to be held prior to a public hearing on the adoption of the ordinance that formally establishes the districts, for a total of five public hearings. Two public hearings must be held before draft maps are drawn to solicit public feedback on the composition of the districts. Two additional hearings must be held after at least one draft district map is released for public comment. The first two hearings must be held over a period of time not to exceed 30 days, and the second two hearings must occur over a period of time no longer than 45 days.
On March 8, 2017 the City Council approved a Resolution initiating procedures for establishing and implementing by-district elections for City Council Members, which is consistent with Elections Code section 10010. The City Council also approved a Resolution specifying the criteria to guide the establishment of electoral districts which will be followed in drawing proposed district lines. These criteria require the districts to be roughly equal in population, and drawn in a manner that does not result in a denial or abridement of the right of any citizen to vote on account of race or color.
Below is the tentative timeline for the process of adopting a by-district election method:
|04-12-2017||First Public Hearing prior to draft maps. Demo of public online line-drawing tools.|
|04-26-2017||Second Public Hearing prior to draft maps..|
|05-15-2017||Deadline for initial public map submissions.|
|05-18-2017||Draft Maps and any maps received from the public will be posted on the City's website.|
|06-14-2017||First Public Hearing to discuss draft maps. Council direction on map revisions.|
Second Public Hearing to discuss draft maps. Council direction on map revisions.
|08-09-2017||Public Hearing and Vote to introduce Ordinance with map.|
|08-23-2017||Second Reading and final adoption of Ordinance.|
|November 2018||First districts hold by-district elections.|
|November 2020||Remaining districts hold by-districts elections.|
Draw the Future for Cathedral City
Can you divide the city into five areas of roughly 10,240 people each? Or can you draw one district of 10,240 people in and around your neighborhood? Below is a link to a .pdf document that you can print and draw districts to submit for consideration. Maps are also available in the lobby in City Hall. You can submit your map at any time to the Cathedral City City Clerk's Department or email to info@NDCresearch.com. If you have any questions please contact the City Clerk's Office at 760-770-0322.
Online Drawing Tool
Below is a link for an online tool to draw district maps. On the login there are links to a quick start guide, an in-depth help system, and short videos (made by NDC) guiding the user through the various steps for drawing a map:
Review Submitted Maps
Full Details of the draft maps will be posted on this page on May 18, 2017. Until then, you can review the maps submitted by residents to date on this interactive webmap.
Resolution 2017-06 - A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Cathedral City, California, Initiating Procedures for Establishing and Implementing By-district Election for City Council Members.
Resolution 2017-07 - A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Cathedral City, California, Specifying the Criteria to Guide the Establishment of Electoral Districts.