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Council Elections in the Future Are Changing, Share Your Input

Redwood City Council elections in the future are changing and the City is seeking community input. On September 24, the City Council voted to adopt a resolution expressing the City Council’s intention to initiate procedures for establishing and implementing by-district elections for City Council members. 

Las elecciones del Concejo de la Ciudad de Redwood City en el futuro están cambiando y la Ciudad está buscando la opinión de la comunidad. El 24 de septiembre, el Concejo Municipal votó a favor de adoptar una resolución que exprese la intención del Concejo Municipal de iniciar procedimientos para establecer e implementar elecciones por distrito para los miembros del Concejo Municipal.

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未來的雷德伍德城市議會選舉正在發生變化,本市正在徵詢社區意見。9 月 24 日,市議會投票決定通過一項決議,表明市議會有意啟動意在建立和實施市議會議員分區選舉的程序。 

NEW! District Elections Update: April 9

On April 8, the City Council held Public Hearing #6 to provide feedback and gain community input on six district elections maps (four revised maps submitted by the demographer and two community submitted maps) and provide input on sequencing of elections. The City Council refined the list of demographer revised maps to three (13g, 13h, 21f) for further Council review and discussed interest in considering community submitted draft maps and refinement of community-submitted map 13j. The City Council will hold the next public hearing on District Elections on May 6.

The community may participate in this process through several ways including submitting a map by using the City's interactive mapping software by going here or by submitting a hand drawn map by going here to download a map or by submitting edits to the demographer's revised maps. Individuals may email edited or revised maps or comments to the City at districtelections@redwoodcity.org or submit hard copy edited or revised maps or comments to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, located at 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

The community is encouraged to submit draft maps early by April 20 to have enough time for the demographer to ensure community-submitted maps are population balanced. Community members can provide comments and draft maps until Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. All community submitted draft maps received before Saturday, April 27 at 12 p.m. will be included in the May 6 City Council meeting and staff report.  

All revised demographer maps and any community submitted draft maps will be posted here on the District Elections website on April 29. A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the agenda packet for the May 6 City Council meeting and available here on May 2 by the end of the day. Community members are invited to join the City Council for Public Hearing #7 on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. to provide input on the draft maps. At the meeting, the City Council may decide on a final map and sequencing of elections. 

District Elections Update - APRIL 8, 2019

The City Council meeting packet for the April 8 meeting was released on April 4. For ease, please find the staff report and various attachments from packet below regarding the Public Hearing on District Elections. Community members can attend the Public Hearing in person in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 1017 Middlefield Road or watch the meetings televised live to Redwood City residents on Astound Broadband cable Channel 26 and Comcast cable Channel 27, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, and or online by going here.

Public Hearing Staff Report and Other Materials

April 8 Staff Report

Attachment A: Transition Timeline Final

Attachment B: Media Statement from March 26, 2019

Attachment C: Map Submissions and Community Comments Received

Attachment D: Demographer Revised Focus Maps (13G, 13H, 21E, and 21F)

Attachment E: Community Submitted Revised Focus Maps (13G, 13H, 21E, and 21F)

Attachment F: Comparison Matrix of All Six Maps Based on Expressed Preferences

 

District Elections Update- APRIL 1, 2019

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on the revised maps by March 30 at 12pm. Community submitted maps include: Map 13i and Map 13j (Posted on April 1, 2019)

A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the agenda packet for the April 8 City Council meeting and available here, www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings on April 4 by the end of the day.

Join the City Council for Public Hearing #6 on Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. to provide input on the draft maps (Updated maps submitted on March 26: 13g13h21e, and 21f and the community submitted maps: Map 13i and Map 13j (Posted on April 1, 2019) and the proposed sequence of elections. To view all six maps as a PDF, go here.

At the meeting, the City Council may decide on a final map and sequencing of elections.

 

District Elections Update - March 26, 2019

Read the media statement for details on the district election transition extension and reopening of the process for considering new maps, hereen español.

View updated maps: 13g, 13h, 21e, and 21f. View all revised maps as of March 26, 2019 here.

Community members can provide comments and new maps until Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. All community submitted comments and maps received before Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. will be included in the April 8 City Council meeting and staff report.

Steps in Advance of the April 8 City Council Meeting

  • March 26 (today): The City posted four revised maps including map 13g, map 13h,  map 21e, and map 21f on the City’s district elections web page (www.redwoodcity.org/districtelections)
  • March 30: Community members may submit comments on the revised maps, or provide new  maps by Saturday, March 30, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. Maps submitted by this date will be reproduced by the City’s demographer, who will also review the maps to ensure they are population-balanced and meet other required criteria. All community-submitted maps and comments received will be included in the April 8 City Council presentation and staff report.
  • April 1: All community-submitted maps received will be posted on the City’s web page. This meets the seven-day posting requirement under State law.  The City will publicize the revised maps via its weekly e-newsletter on April 5 and share through social media.
  • April 4: A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the Agenda packet for the April 8 City Council meeting at www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings
  • April 8: The City Council will hold Public Hearing #6 on district elections. Community members are invited to provide input on the draft maps and the proposed sequence of elections. At the meeting, the City Council may decide on a final map and sequencing of elections.

For the full extended timeline, scroll down.

¡NUEVO!  Actualización de las elecciones del distrito - 26 de marzo de 2019

Lea la declaración de los medios de comunicación para obtener detalles sobre la extensión de la transición electoral del distrito y la reapertura del proceso para considerar nuevos mapas, aquí.

Ver mapas actualizados: 13g, 13h, 21e y 21f. Ver todos los mapas revisados a partir del 26 de marzo de 2019 aquí.

Los miembros de la comunidad pueden proporcionar comentarios y nuevos mapas hasta el sábado 30 de marzo a las 12 p.m. Todos los comentarios enviados por la  comunidad y mapas recibidos antes del sábado 30 de marzo a las 12 p.m., se incluirán en la reunión del Concejo Municipal del 8 de abril y en el informe del personal.

Pasos antes de la reunión del Concejo Municipal del 8 de abril

  • Marzo 26 (hoy): la Ciudad publicó cuatro mapas revisados que incluyen el mapa 13g, el mapa 13h, el mapa 21e y el mapa 21f en la página web de las elecciones del distrito de la Ciudad (www.redwoodcity.org/districtelections)
  • Marzo 30: los miembros de la comunidad pueden enviar comentarios sobre los mapas revisados o proporcionar nuevos mapas antes del sábado 30 de marzo de 2019 a las 12:00 p.m. Los mapas enviados antes de esta fecha serán reproducidos por el demógrafo de la Ciudad, quien también los revisará para asegurarse de que estén equilibrados en cuanto a la población y cumplan con otros criterios requeridos. Todos los mapas enviados por la comunidad y los comentarios recibidos se incluirán en la presentación y el informe del personal del Concejo Municipal del 8 de abril.
  • Abril 1: todos los mapas enviados por la comunidad recibidos se publicarán en la página web de la Ciudad. Esto cumple con el requisito de publicación de siete días según la ley estatal. La Ciudad publicará los mapas revisados a través de su boletín electrónico semanal el 5 de abril y los compartirá a través de las redes sociales.
  • Abril 4: se publicará un informe del personal sobre las elecciones del distrito como parte del paquete de la Agenda para la reunión del Consejo Municipal del 8 de abril en www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings
  • Abril 8: El Concejo Municipal llevará a cabo la Audiencia Pública # 6 sobre las elecciones del distrito. Se invita a los miembros de la comunidad a proporcionar aportes sobre los mapas preliminares y la secuencia propuesta de elecciones. En la reunión, el Ayuntamiento puede decidir sobre un mapa final y la secuencia de las elecciones.

District Elections Update-March 20, 2019

The City has delayed the district elections item previously scheduled for March 25 to provide additional legal review of the materials. The City will update the community as more information becomes available. 

La Ciudad ha retrasado el tema de las elecciones del distrito —programado originalmente para el 25 de marzo— para realizar una revisión legal adicional a los materiales. La Ciudad actualizará a la comunidad a medida que haya más información disponible.

District Elections Update-March 15

Since the beginning of the district elections transition in September, the City conducted significant public outreach to seek community feedback in several ways including community forums, written comments, and the submittal of draft district maps. The deadline to adopt an ordinance transiting to district elections is March 31, 2019. 

On March 11, the City Council held a final public hearing on the district elections transition process. At the meeting, the City Council received public input, then introduced, and approved an ordinance. The ordinance establishes seven districts for the election of City Councilmembers, establishes the district boundaries using map 13F, identifies the number of each district, and confirms the election order of each district.

The City Council will consider a second reading of the ordinance on March 25 to finalize the City’s district-based elections process. The first Council Member election under the new district elections system will occur in the year 2020 and those districts are 1, 2, 3 and 7. The City Council balanced many objectives in creating the map and election sequencing for the election year 2020. Following the 2020 Census, the district map will be redrawn for the 2022 election process and include significant community engagement.

For map 13F, go here.

For the revised ordinance, to be considered for adoption by the City Council on March 25 go here.

For the March 11 staff report, go here

For the voting summary from the March 11, 2019 City Council meeting, go here.

Revised Maps as of March 4, 2019

The City Council revised maps for review at Public Hearing #5 scheduled on March 11, 20190 are: 7-013d and 7-021c

The City also received three revised maps for review at Public Hearing #5: 7-013e7-013f, and 7-021d.

February 25, 2019 Public Hearing #4 Update 

On February 25, 2019, the City Council held Public Hearing #4 at the City Council meeting to receive input from the community on the submitted community maps, City Council revised focus maps, and public comments.

The City Council selected two (2) maps for the demographer to tweak further. The maps include 7-013c and 7-021b. The updated maps will become available on March 4, 2019 after the National Demographics Corporation updates the maps according to City Council direction received.

Census block correction to map 7-013c, view demographers correction memo here.

Revised Maps as of February 18, 2019

The revised maps for review at Public Hearing #4 scheduled on February 25, 2019 are: 7-007b7-013b7-013c7-019b7-021b, and 7-022bView all focus and revised maps as of February 18, 2019 here.

February 11, 2019 Public Hearing #3 Update

On February 11, 2019, the City Council held Public Hearing #3 to receive input from the community on the submitted community and demographer maps and public comments received to date.

The City Council selected five (5) maps for the demographer to tweak further. The maps include: 7-007, 7-013, 7-019 (community member submissions); 7-021 and 7-022 (National Demographics Corporation submissions).

The National Demographics Corporation used these five maps as a baseline and revised the maps based on City Council direction. The new revised maps will be discussed at Public Hearing #4 scheduled on February 25, 2019.

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Public Hearing and Community Meetings Flyer

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Click here for a blog post about the District Elections Process

 

 

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Focus Maps (as of 2/11/19)

Previous Draft Maps

Non-Population or Non-Contiguous Maps

 

 

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Background

The City received a certified letter on August 8, 2018 from Kevin Shenkman of the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes asserting that the City's at-large council member electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act (the “CVRA”) (Elections Code §§ 14025-14032) and threatening litigation if the City declines to voluntarily change to a district-based election system for electing City Council Members.

Under its Charter, Redwood City utilizes an at-large elections system, which means voters of the entire City elect the seven City Council Members. A district-based election is one in which the City is divided into separate districts, each with one City Council member who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters in that particular district. 

In compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, Redwood City has begun the process of transitioning from at-large elections to by-districts elections. The City is seeking community feedback about the creation of a district-based election system.

Contexto

La Ciudad recibió una carta certificada el 8 de agosto de 2018 de parte de Kevin Shenkman, del bufete de abogados Shenkman & Hughes, en la que afirma que el sistema electoral de los miembros del Concejo general de la Ciudad infringe la Ley de Derechos de Votación de California ("CVRA") (Código Electoral §§ 14025-14032) amenazando demandar si la Ciudad se niega a cambiar voluntariamente a un sistema de elecciones basado en el distrito para elegir a los Miembros del Concejo Municipal.

Según su Estatuto, Redwood City utiliza un sistema de elecciones general, lo que significa que los votantes de toda la Ciudad eligen a los siete miembros del Concejo Municipal. Una elección basada en el distrito es aquella en la que la Ciudad se divide en distritos separados, cada uno con un miembro del Concejo Municipal que reside en el distrito y es elegido por los votantes en ese distrito en particular.

De conformidad con la Ley de Derechos de Votación de California, Redwood City ha iniciado el proceso de transición de las elecciones generales a las elecciones por distritos. La Ciudad está buscando comentarios de la comunidad sobre la creación de un sistema de elecciones basado en el distrito.

背景

本市於 2018 年 8 月 8 日收到了 Shenkman & Hughes 律師事務所 Kevin Shenkman 的一封掛號信,聲稱本市的一般 (at large) 市議會議員選舉制度違反了加利福尼亞選舉權法案(California Voting Rights Act, 「CVRA」)(選舉法典 §§ 14025-14032),並且如果本市拒絕自願改用分區選舉制度選舉市議會議員,則將提起訴訟。

根據其章程,雷德伍德城使用一般 (at large) 議員選舉制度,這意味著整個城市的選民選出七名市議員。以分區為基礎的選舉是指將本市劃分為不同的分區,每個分區都有一個居住在該分區、由該分區的選民選出的市議會議員。 

根據「加利福尼亞選舉權法案」(California Voting Rights Act),雷德伍德城已開始從一般選舉過渡到選區選舉。本市正在徵求社區對建立分區選舉制度的回饋意見。

General Timeline and Next Steps

Revised and Extended Timeline:

Steps in Advance of the April 8 City Council Meeting

  • March 26 (today): The City posted four revised maps including map 13g, map 13h, map 21e, and map 21f on the City’s district elections web page (www.redwoodcity.org/districtelections)
  • March 30: Community members may submit comments on the revised maps, or provide new  maps by Saturday, March 30, 2019 by 12:00 p.m. Maps submitted by this date will be reproduced by the City’s demographer, who will also review the maps to ensure they are population-balanced and meet other required criteria. All community-submitted maps and comments received will be included in the April 8 City Council presentation and staff report.
  • April 1: All community-submitted maps received will be posted on the City’s web page. This meets the seven-day posting requirement under State law.  The City will publicize the revised maps via its weekly e-newsletter on April 5 and share through social media.
  • April 4: A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the Agenda packet for the April 8 City Council meeting at www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings
  • April 8: The City Council will hold Public Hearing #6 on district elections. Community members are invited to provide input on the draft maps and the proposed sequence of elections. At the meeting, the City Council may decide on a final map and sequencing of elections.

Steps in Advance of the May 6 City Council Meeting

  • April 27: On April 27, community-submitted maps and comments are due by 12:00 p.m. Maps submitted by this date will be reproduced by the City’s demographer, who will also review the maps to ensure they are population-balanced and meet other required criteria. Any maps and comments will be included in the May 6 City Council presentation and staff report.
  • April 29: All community-submitted maps received will be posted on the City’s web page. This meets the seven-day posting requirement under State law.  The City will publicize the revised maps via its weekly e-newsletter on May 3 and share through social media.
  • May 2: A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the Agenda packet for the May 6, City Council meeting at www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings
  • May 6: The City Council will hold Public Hearing #7 and is expected to take action to adopt a map, approve election sequencing and introduce an ordinance to transition to district elections.

Steps in Advance of the May 20 City Council Meeting

  • May 16: A staff report on district elections will be published as part of the Agenda packet for the May 20, City Council meeting at www.redwoodcity.org/councilmeetings
  • May 20: The City Council is expected to consider a second reading and final adoption of an ordinance to transition to district elections.

 

Date

Event

August 8, 2018

City receives letter from Kevin Shenkman of the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes asserting that the City's at-large council member electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act

September 24, 2018

Council approved a Resolution of Intent to Change Elections

October 22, 2018

1st hearing “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the composition of the districts” (and demonstration of public tools for district-drawing, if any)

November 19, 2018

(Must be within 30 days of 1st draft map hearing)

2nd public hearing, for the same purpose

October / November

Outreach / Education efforts ongoing

November / December

No meeting

Time for residents to draft and submit map proposals

January 25, 2019

No meeting

Deadline for public to submit maps they wish to have included in the January community forum presentations.

January 15, 2019

Three community forums held in different regions of the city.

(Veterans Memorial Senior Center - 11a.m., Fair Oaks Community Center - 5p.m., and Downtown Main Library - 7p.m.)

January 23, 2019

Mt. Carmel and Citywide Neighborhood Association District Election Forum-Veterans Memorial Senior Center 7 p.m.

February 4, 2019

(at least 7 days prior to 3rd public hearing)

No meeting

Draft Maps posted on District website.

February 6, 2019

Redwood Shores Community Association Annual Meeting District Elections Presentation- 6:30 p.m. Redwood Shores Library

February 7, 2019

Latino Leadership Group District Elections Presentation - 7 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center

February 11, 2019

3rd public hearing, “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections.”

Council provides guidance on any new or revised maps it wishes to see.

February 18, 2019

(at least 7 days prior to 4th public hearing)

No meeting

Any revised or new maps requested at 3rd hearing posted on District website.

February 25, 2019

4th public hearing, “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections.”

Council provides guidance on any new or revised maps it wishes to see, or selects a ‘preferred’ map and election sequence for incorporation in ordinance at next meeting.

March 11, 2019

5th public hearing on the action item to adopt the map and election sequence. Ordinance introduced.

March 25, 2019

The City Council reopens the process to consider revised maps that comply with federal and state laws and address concerns members of the community have raised and gain additional community input.

March 26, 2019

No meeting

Demographer revised draft maps posted to the District website.

March 30, 2019

No meeting

Community-submitted maps and comments are due by 12:00 p.m. Maps submitted by this date will be reproduced by the City’s demographer, who will also review the maps to ensure they are population-balanced and meet other required criteria. All community-submitted maps and comments received will be included in the April 8 City Council presentation and staff report.

April 1, 2019 (at least 7 days prior to 6th public hearing)

No meeting

All community-submitted maps and comments posted on the District website.

April 8, 2019

6th public hearing, at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft maps and the proposed sequence of elections.

Council provides guidance on any new or revised maps it wishes to see, or selects a ‘preferred’ map and election sequence for incorporation in ordinance at next meeting.

April 27, 2019

No meeting

Community-submitted maps and comments are due by 12:00 p.m. Maps submitted by this date will be reproduced by the City’s demographer, who will also review the maps to ensure they are population-balanced and meet other required criteria. Any community-submitted maps and comments received will be included in the May 6 City Council presentation and staff report.

April 29, 2019 (at least 7 days prior to 7th public hearing)

No meeting

All community-submitted maps and comments posted on the District website.

May 6, 2019

7th public hearing, City Council is expected to take action to adopt a map, approve election sequencing and introduce an ordinance to transition to district elections.

May 20, 2019

2nd reading of ordinance and final adoption of an ordinance to transition to district elections.

May 31, 2019

No meeting 

Extended legal deadline to adopt an ordinance to transition to district elections.

March 2020

Community votes on Charter Revisions implementing by-district elections, if necessary.

November 2020

First by-district elections held in four districts.

2021

Districts redrawn using 2020 Census data.

November 2022

Remaining three districts hold their first elections.

 

Helpful Documents 

February 11 Staff Report

Input Received as of February 4, 2019 (PDF)

October 22 Staff Report and Presentation

September 24 Staff Report and Presentation

Transition to District Election Timeline

Resolution

Letter from Attorney

California Voting Rights Act

Frequently Asked Questions (en espanol) (Chinese)

 

MAP INSTRUCTIONS

The map below shows all submitted maps from residents as 'layers', including suggested maps from the National Demographics Corporation. To access the maps, click close on the map below and view resident recommended maps 7-001 to 7-020 and 7-023 to 7-024. For the National Demographics Corporations proposed maps, view 7-021 and 7-022.

 

View Full Screen Map

 

Map Kit

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English:

Public Participation Map

Supplemental Excel Sheet and Map Kit

Spanish:

Public Participation Map

Supplemental Excel Sheet and Map Kit

Chinese:

Public Participation Map

Supplemental Excel Sheet and Map Kit

 

Online Interactive Mapping Tool

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How-To Use the Online Tools

Training Videos 

User Guide (English)

User Guide (Spanish)

Online Tool Quick Reference

Online Tool Quick Reference (Spanish)