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City to Implement "By-District" Elections for Council Members

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 65,000. 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 abridgement of the right of any citizen to vote on account of race or color.

Below is the modified timeline that was approved 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..
06-09-2017 Deadline for initial public map submissions.
06-12-2017 Draft Maps and any maps received from the public will be posted on the City's website.
 06-07-2017  Hold "City Hall at Your Corner" at Cardenas from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive feedback on By-district Election.
06-26-2017 First Public Hearing to discuss draft maps.  Council direction on map revisions.
 07-18-2017  Hold "City Hall at Your Corner" Study Session Room at City Hall, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
07-26-2017

Second Public Hearing to discuss draft maps starting at 6:30 p.m.  Council direction on map revisions.

08-09-2017 Third Public Hearing to discuss draft maps starting at 6:30 p.m.  Council direction on map revisions.
08-10-2017  Hold "City Hall at Your Corner" Cathedral City Public Library, 33520 Date Palm Drive from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 08-23-2017 Fourth Public Hearing on draft maps starting at 6:30 p.m.  Council direction on map revisions. 
09-13-2017 Fifth Public Hearing on draft maps and introduction of ordinance (with map) starting at 6:30 p.m.
 09-27-2017 Sixth and final Public Hearing on draft maps and second reading and adoption of ordinance starting at 6:30 p.m.
November 2018 First districts hold by-district elections.
November 2020 Remaining districts hold by-districts elections.

Final Map and First Reading of Ordinance Approved

At their meeting of September 13, 2017, the fifth Public Hearing on the draft maps was held including the introduction and first reading of an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Cathedral City California Amending Chapter 1.12 (Elections) of the Cathedral City Municipal Code to Change the City's Electoral System from at-large to By-district Elections with respect to electing City Council Members, establishing district boundaries, and scheduling elections within the districts.

Below is the approved map and District Election Dates:

NDC Created Purple Map 2B

District Election Dates are as follows:

District 1 - 2020
District 2 - 2020
District 3 - 2018
District 4 - 2018
District 5 - 2018

The final Public Hearing and second reading and adoption of the Ordinance will be held on September 27, 2017.

Final Two Maps Selected

At their meeting of August 23, 2017, the City Council considered the following Maps:

NDC Created Map Purple
SBarnes2 Map
SHenry1 Map
NDC Created Purple Map 2

Some additional modifications were made to the NDC Created Purple Map 2, which is titled NDC Created Purple Map 2B.  At the September 13, 2017, City Council Meeting a Public Hearing will be held on the First Reading of an Ordinance amending Chapter 1.12 (Elections) of the Cathedral City Municipal Code to change the City's Electoral System From At-Large to By-District Elections with respect to Electing City Council Members, Establishing District Boundaries, and Scheduling Elections within the Districts.  Below are the final two maps for consideration and the District Election Dates:

NDC Created Purple Map 2
NDC Created Purple Map 2B

District Election Dates are as follows:

District 1 - 2020
District 2 - 2020
District 3 - 2018
District 4 - 2018
District 5 - 2018

 Second Round of Electoral District Maps Selected

At their meeting of August 9, 2017, the City Council selected the following three maps for further consideration.  The next scheduled Public Hearing for public input will be held on August 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.:

NDC Created Map Purple

SBarnes2

SHenry1

 

After further input from residents, the City Council directed staff to have NDC make modifications to the NDC Created Purple Map.  Below is the Map which may also be considered at the August 23, 2017 Public Hearing:

NDC Created Map Purple2

First Round of Electoral District Maps Selected

At their meeting of July 26, 2017, the City Council selected the following seven maps for further consideration.  The next Public Hearing for public input will be held on August 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.:

NDC Created Map Green

NDC Created Map Orange

NDC Created Map Purple

MHagedorn1

SBarnes2

SEspericueta1

SHenry1

 

Draft Maps Submitted by the June 9, 2017 Deadline

Below are the submitted maps that were population-balanced with five Council Districts.  In addition to the map files there is also a file with the plan list:

Plan List

AllenHooker2

AOlsen2

CJohnson2

DCross1

DEzertrat2

DRodriguez1

Johnston2

JShapiro1

JShapiro2

JShapiro3

KDeRosa

MAlario

MHagedorn

NDC Created Map Orange

NDC Created Map Purple

NDC Created Map Green

SBarnes 1

SBarnes2

SEspericueta1

SHenry1

SKaplan1

Tmares1

 

All maps submitted can can be reviewed on this interactive webmap.

Resolutions

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.

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