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Council Elections are now by district, the second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for May 20, 2019

District Elections Update: May 13, 2019

The City Council moved to district elections and selected a district map for 2020 elections following an extensive community engagement process on May 6, 2019. The final approved map, number 13H, reflects community input received throughout the transition process. The second reading of an ordinance is scheduled for May 20, which establishes seven districts for the election of City Council members. The staff report will be released on May 16, and can be found here. The official 13H map, can be found here. (posted May 13, 2019).

For a recent news release, go here.

District Elections Update: May 8, 2019

On Monday, May 6 the City Council moved to district elections and selected a district map for 2020 elections following an extensive community engagement process. The final approved map, number 13H, reflects community input received throughout the transition process. The City Council vote followed the seventh public hearing on the districting process, which establishes seven districts for the election of City Council members. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for May 20. For a recent news release, go here.

The final approved map 13H reflects community input received throughout the district elections transition process. Over the last six months, the City Council oversaw an extensive community engagement process and received substantial community comments related to district maps. Many residents expressed preferences for keeping Redwood Shores as a separate and distinct district, retaining the Centennial neighborhood together as part of an overall district, maintaining the Downtown neighborhood as part of an overall district, connecting the East Bayshore neighborhood with the Friendly Acres neighborhood, and connecting the Bair Island neighborhood with the Downtown neighborhood. Feedback also included using Neighborhood Association boundaries as reference, aligning major roadways together where possible, establishing two majority Latino districts, and choosing a map that allows the Farm Hill neighborhood to vote in 2020. With district sequencing including elections for Districts 1, 3, 4, and 7 scheduled in 2020 and Districts 2, 5, and 6 scheduled in 2022. 

For an interactive map, to view street names and borders, click the icon below and choose layer 13H. 

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District Elections Update: May 6, 2019

The City Council meeting packet for the May 6 meeting was released on May 2. For ease, please find the staff report and various attachments from the 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 Attachments:

May 6 Staff Report

Attachment A: Transition Timeline 

Attachment B: City Demographer Revised Maps 13G, 13H, and 21F

Attachment C: Community Comments Received 

Attachment D: Community Submitted Revised Map 13L

Attachment E: Ordinance to Adopt Maps 13G, 13H, 21F, or 13L

 

Archived Updates and Documents

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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 adopted district elections on May 6, 2019. A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for May 20.

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

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