Cathedral City Council Extends Deadline for Public to Submit Electoral District Draft Maps
At the May 10, 2017 council meeting, the City Council voted to extend the date for the public to submit draft maps for the electoral districts and modified the public hearing schedule for potential council election districts. The new date for the public to submit their draft maps is June 9, 2017 instead of May 15, 2017.
During the April 13th “City Hall at Your Corner” forum, the council heard public comments with regards to the schedule. Members of the public voiced their concerns about holding public hearings on electoral districts and a vote to introduce the ordinance during the month of August. They stated that many residents leave town to escape the summer heat in August. Based on the public’s input, the City Council, at its April 26th meeting, asked staff to look at providing more time for review of the draft maps and to emphasize in our outreach that the “City Hall at Your Corner” previously scheduled for June 7th be a dedicated opportunity for the public to provide valuable input on electoral districts. This meeting is being held at Cardenas Market’s Café.
In response to this feedback, staff formulated a modified schedule and the Council voted to extend deadlines and allow more time for public review and input.
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 Market Cafe 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.
07-26-2017 Second Public Hearing to discuss draft maps. Council direction on map revisions.
08-09-2017 Third Public Hearing to discuss draft maps. Council direction on map revisions.
09-13-2017 Fourth Public Hearing on draft maps and introduction of ordinance (with map)
09-27-2017 Fifth and final Public Hearing on draft maps and second reading and 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: