ALLIANCE FOR SAN RAFAEL'S FUTURE
Pursuing Diversity in Our City’s Elected Representatives
WATCH THIS 2 MINUTE VIDEO ON DISTRICT ELECTIONS.
(This is from Carlsbad, CA, which just moved to DE's)
WHEN? AND HOW?
District elections will probably be in place by the next scheduled elections in 2020...but we need elections in 2018
What's the Process?
-- A demographer is hired to develop several different scenarios on location and number of districts.
-- At public hearings, we, the people, are heard as to the best choice for us.
City council ultimately makes the decision but must follow CVRA guidelines or face a lawsuit
How Many Districts?
-- do we go for 4 districts and an at-large elected mayor? No!
Four Districts: 14,750 each (population of almost 60,00)
-- or do we go for 5 districts and rotate the mayor? Yes!
Five Districts: 11,800 each--more equitable and fair
Because the City Council makes the final decision, they need to hear from you that five districts is the most equitable!
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT ELECTIONS:
WHAT & HOW
City district elections are just like county supervisor races…
Candidates live in their district and are elected only by the people who live in that district
Districts cover a much smaller area than entire city
Size of district determined by census population size
city's population in almost 60,000
17,000, or 30%, are Latino and live mainly in the Canal area
Location of districts are determined by keeping communities together which have similar interests, and...
Waterways and major highways can't be used to bifurcate a community
At-Large elections (what San Rafael has now):
candidates live anywhere in city and are elected by entire city