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  • Give Input on City Council Redistricting

    NEWS RELEASE
    July 19, 2021
    Give Input on City Council Redistricting
     
    The Santa Maria City Council will be holding four public hearings to receive input on how Councilmembers’ district lines should be drawn and in selecting the next district maps for the City Council.  Those hearings will be held at 6:00 p.m. on:

    • Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at Grogan Community Center, 1155 West Rancho Verde
    • Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Veterans' Memorial Building, 313 West Tunnell Street
    • Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Minami Community Center, 600 West Enos Drive
    • Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Maramonte Community Center, 620 East Sunrise Drive
    Due to the offsite locations of these meetings, live broadcasting of the hearings will not be available on the City’s YouTube Live Channel or on Comcast Cable Channel 23.   Additionally, Zoom will not be offered for these offsite meetings.  A video recording will be made of each hearing and posted to the meetings portal and on the City’s redistricting webpage the following day.
    The public hearings will provide an opportunity to share with the City Council how the district boundaries should be drawn to best represent the community.  Public comments, including suggested draft maps, can be submitted by emailing: cityclerk@cityofsantamaria.org.
     
    A webpage on the Citys redistricting process will be maintained and can be viewed at:
    www.cityofsantamaria.org/redistricting. The webpage can be translated into Spanish simply by clicking the En Español option at the top of the webpage.
     
    Every 10 years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires the City to engage its community in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and providing public outreach, including to non- English-speaking communities.  It will be the first time the City is required to participate in the redistricting process and redraw its City Council District Maps.  The current maps were adopted on May 16, 2017, after the City launched the process to convert its Councilmember elections from the at-large voting system to a district-based process.  The current Council Districts and map can be viewed at:  https://www.cityofsantamaria.org/home/showdocument?id=22187.
     
    Questions may be directed to the Records/City Clerk Division, (805) 925-0951 extension 2307.