City Council Selects Three Draft Maps to Consider for Electoral Districts
At the August 9, 2017 City Council meeting, the Council heard more input from the public on how it would like the electoral district lines drawn. After in-depth deliberations amongst themselves and consideration of the public comments, the City Council selected 3 finalists from the 7 first-round Electoral District Draft Maps for further consideration. The three maps are entitled, “National Demographics Corporation Purple,” “Stan Barnes 2” and “Stan Henry 1”. You may review these maps at http://www.cathedralcity.gov/government/electoral-districts.
The City Council asks the public to provide additional input about the three selected draft maps. You may do so by attending “City Hall at Your Corner” scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Cathedral City Public Library, Community Meeting Room, 33520 Date Palm Drive; attending the next Public Hearing on Electoral Districts scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 2017, City Council Meeting, Regular Session, commencing at 6:30 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero; and/or writing to your council through email. City Council emails are available at http://www.cathedralcity.gov/government/mayor-council.
It is the City Council’s goal to further reduce the number of proposed Electoral Districts Maps to one FINAL electoral district map by the end of the Public Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, 2017 during the regular session of the council meeting that begins at 6:30 pm. Once selected, the final electoral district map will be heard as a first reading of an ordinance on September 13, 2017, and as a second final reading as an ordinance on September 27, 2017. Both readings will allow additional public input.
On March 8, 2017, the City Council approved a Resolution initiating procedures for establishing and implementing “by-district” elections for City Council Members starting in November 2018, 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. 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.