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 by the City Council on May 10, 2017, 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.|
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.|
|09-13-2017||Fourth Public Hearing on draft maps and introduction of ordinance (with map) starting at 6:30 p.m.|
|09-27-2017||Fifth 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.|
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.:
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.:
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:
All maps submitted can can be reviewed 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.