Discussion on new SR election districts
Thursday March 15th 2018 -
At-large voting for city council and school board candidates will be a thing of the past starting this November. The City of Santa Rosa is currently seeking community input to establish seven new districts of 25,000 residents.
On Thursday, March 15, the Oakmont Democratic Club (ODC) is hosting Santa Rosa City Council member Julie Combs, who will lead a discussion on the new district voting. She will bring maps so that attendees can voice their opinions and draw on city maps to indicate their preferences for the new districts.
The event will be held in the East Recreation Center and start with social time at 6:30 p.m., with the program from 7-8:30 p.m.
This change in district boundaries is a result of a threatened lawsuit under California Voting Rights Act 2001 that accused Santa Rosa of “racially polarized voting” patterns that disenfranchised Latino voters.
The goal in creating new districts is to make possible that Latinos will have a fair chance in electing candidates of their choice.
In 2018, three current city council members are up for re-election including the current mayor. The other four council members have two more years left in their terms.
There has been a delay in drawing the new election districts due to the fires that affected Santa Rosa in the fall. The ODC meeting occurs prior to the fourth Public Hearing, which will give the public further opportunity to respond and make recommendations. It is expected that City Council will adopt an ordinance establishing district elections on April 17, 2018.
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