District Elections

Consideration of Transitioning to District Elections


At the November 7, 2018 City Council meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 12043 declaring its intent to transition to district-based elections.   

Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010, the City will conduct a series of Public Hearings over the next 90 days to receive community input on the composition of proposed electoral districts for City Council seats. It is of upmost importance that Monterey Park residents participate and provide feedback during the upcoming Public Hearings. It is the City's desire to ensure that the proposed districts reflect prevalent communities of interest and that the citizenry be engaged in this urgent matter.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for details about district elections.

What Kind of Feedback Does the City Need From Its Residents?

The Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA) and CVRA prescribe specific criteria to be considered during the drafting of proposed district maps. This criteria includes the following:

1) nearly equal populations
2) contiguous and compact territories
3) continuity in office
4) communities of interest.

The City needs to know what communities of interest the residents would like considered. For instance, are there specific social, cultural, ethnic, or economic interests?
Things to consider:

  • school attendance areas
  • single-family and multi-family housing unit areas
  • income levels
  • areas around parks
  • other neighborhood landmarks

The City needs to hear from you!

The community is invited to attend the upcoming Public Hearings listed below. These hearing will be an opportunity to provide input and listen to what other are suggesting as communities of interest. However, if you are unable to attend a scheduled Public Hearing, you are welcome to provide input via email ([email protected]). Your comments will be collected by the City Clerk's Division and shared with the City Council at the upcoming Public Hearings.

Schedule of Public Hearings

(Download the schedule flyer) 

  • Public Hearing #1
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018; 7:00 p.m.
    City Hall Council Chamber
    320 West Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, CA
    A City Council Public Hearing to review the districting process and to hear from residents about their ideas for potential “communities of interest” and the composition of districts.
  • Public Hearing #2
    Wednesday, December 19, 2018; 7:00 p.m. 
    City Hall Council Chamber
    320 West Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, CA
    A City Council Public Hearing to review the districting process, to hear from residents about their ideas for potential “communities of interest,” and to receive City Council direction on the criteria to be considered for mapping of districts.
  • Public Hearing #3
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019; 7:00 p.m. 
    City Hall Council Chamber
    320 West Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, CA
    A City Council Public Hearing to seek resident input on the content of the draft district map(s) and sequence of elections.
  • Public Hearing #4 (originally scheduled for March 6, 2019)
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 7:00 p.m. 
    City Hall. Council Chamber
    320 West Newmark Avenue, Monterey Park, CA
    A City Council Public Hearing to select a preferred district map and to adopt an ordinance to transition to a district-based electoral system.
    **Public Hearing # 4 was continued to March 20, 2019 at city hall.  Proposed 5 districts maps will be accepted until Friday, March 8, 2019, 4:30 p.m. at the City Clerk's Office. See Public Participation Kit below for maps, tools and instructional video.  Maps can be submitted in person or via email to [email protected] or [email protected]   



    Reference Documents

    City Council Agenda Reports



Questions?

For more information, residents are encouraged to contact Cindy Trang, City Clerk, at (626) 307-1360 or [email protected].


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