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City of Fillmore
City Council Adopts District Map Public 102B and Ordinance 23-958 Following Legal Demand
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA – December 22, 2023– In response to a demand letter received in August 2023, the City Council of Fillmore has voted to adopt District Map Public 102B during the public hearing held on December 12, 2023. This significant decision marks the culmination of a process initiated to address concerns raised by attorney Jason Dominguez of Druven PC, alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) in the current at-large election system.
Guided by the recommendations of the City’s consultant, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), the City Council undertook several steps in the transition from an at-large to a district-based electoral system. These included receiving reports on draft district maps, conducting public hearings for community input, and considering the adoption of an ordinance to establish district boundaries, election sequencing, and an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The adoption of District Map Public 102B is the result of the City Council's deliberations, which included modifications to the initially proposed maps based on public feedback and legal considerations. This decision aims to address concerns raised in the demand letter and aligns with the City Council's commitment to navigating the legal landscape surrounding electoral systems.
As part of the transition from an at-large to a district-based election system, the City Council announces changes to the upcoming November 2024 election. The adoption of District Map Public 102B has implications for several districts:
- District 1: With the new district maps in place, District 1, currently vacant, will be up for election in November 2024, providing an opportunity for residents within this district to participate in the democratic process and elect their representative.
- District 2 and District 5: Both District 2 and District 5 will be up for election in November 2024, allowing residents in these districts to vote for their chosen representatives as part of the ongoing transition to a district-based electoral system.
- District 3: Council Member Albert Mendez will continue to serve as the elected official for District 3 through 2026, with no changes to the representation in District 3 in the upcoming November 2024 election.
- District 4: Mayor Pro Tem Gurrola has decided not to run in the 2024 election. If he chooses to run, he may do so in 2026. This decision impacts the representation in District 4, which will not be part of the upcoming November 2024 election. Mayor Carrie Broggie, elected for District 4, will continue her term until 2026.
In addition to the adoption of the district map, the City Council voted to adopt Ordinance 23-958 during the same meeting. This ordinance amends the City of Fillmore's municipal code to establish district boundaries, define election sequencing, and provide an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The amendment reflects the City Council's efforts to comply with legal requirements and navigate the complexities of transitioning from an at-large to a district-based election system.
The final public hearing, along with the adoption of Map 102B and the second reading of Ordinance 23-958, occurred at the December 12, 2023, meeting.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed about the upcoming election changes and participate in the democratic process. The City Council remains committed to ensuring a smooth and transparent transition to district-based elections, providing residents with the opportunity to elect representatives who reflect the unique needs and interests of their respective districts.
For questions and further information regarding this, please contact Erika Herrera-Terriquez, Assistant City Manager at 805-946-1712 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Name: Erika Herrera-Terriquez
Title: Assistant City Manager