City Invites Public to Participate in City Council Districting Process
CONTACT: Ky Spangler
On August 6, 2018, the City received a letter from attorney Kevin J. Shenkman, on behalf of his client, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, alleging that the City is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and requesting that the City move to District-Based City Council elections. Currently, Simi Valley has four City Council Members and a Mayor, all elected at-large, for a total of five City Council Members.
The City Council discussed this allegation during its August 27 meeting and voted to voluntarily move to a District Based election system. The City Council also adopted a schedule for the series of Public Hearings that are required under the California Elections Code, and a separate Community Meeting to seek additional citizen input.
The Public Hearings will be held during the regular City Council meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates: September 17, October 15, November 14 and November 26. The separate Community Meeting is scheduled for September 25 and a start time has not been determined. All meetings will be held in the Simi Valley City Council Chamber.
Simi Valley residents are encouraged to attend the Public Hearings to learn more about the process, and to participate in submitting proposed district maps.
More information and details about the transition process can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 583-6748 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org