FIND YOUR DISTRICT
The General Election to be held on November 3, 2020 will be the first time Simi Valley residents will vote for their City Council Member by district. Districts 1 and 3 will be up for election in 2020 and residents of Districts 2 and 4 will vote for their City Council representatives in 2022. Residents will still vote for a Mayor at-large every two years and the Mayoral seat will not be selected by District.
To assist residents in identifying which District they live in, and therefore, if they will be voting for a City Council Member seat in 2020, the City Clerk’s Office has created a tool at www.simivalley.org/findyourdistrict, which allows residents to enter their address information and the tool will populate their home’s location in the District in which they live.
For additional information, please contact Lucy Blanco, City Clerk, at (805) 583-6813 or visit the Find Your District tool at www.simivalley.org/findyourdistrict.
APPROVED DISTRICT MAP AND ORDINANCE
A public hearing to consider the final draft voting District Maps, the sequence of elections, and introduce an ordinance transitioning to district-based elections was held on November 26, 2018. At the meeting, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 1292 including the selected four-district map (Map 404b) and the sequence of district elections. Districts 1 and 3 will hold their first election in November 2020; Districts 2 and 4 will hold their first election in 2022. The City Council adopted the Ordinance on December 10, 2018.
Draft District Maps for Final Consideration
A Public Hearing to consider final draft voting District Maps, the sequence of elections, and introduction of an ordinance transitioning to district-based elections will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018, beginning at 6:30 pm. By State Law, maps to be considered by the City Council at the November 26, 2018 Public Hearing must be posted online by November 19, 2018.
At its meeting on November 14, 2018, the City Council directed that two maps, Map 404 as amended, and Map 602, be brought forward for final consideration at the fourth public hearing required under the California Elections Code.
Draft District Maps for Initial Consideration
A Public Hearing to discuss draft maps was held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, beginning at 6:30 pm. By State Law, maps to be considered by the City Council at the November 14, 2018 Public Hearing were posted online by November 7, 2018.
The maps below have been processed by the demographer, National Demographics Corporation. These maps originated either as submittals by members of the public, or by the demographer after hearing public testimony and receiving direction from the City Council. The maps were numbered as received; the first digit identifies the number of districts proposed by the map.
Use this link to view all Maps on the online interactive viewer. Each Map, 15 in total, may be selected in the layers box to display each map for viewing.
Background on the City's District Transition Process
On August 6, 2018, the City received a letter from attorney Kevin I. 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 Elections. Currently, Simi Valley has four Council Members and a Mayor, all elected at-large, for a total of five Council Members. The City Council discussed this allegation during its August 27 meeting and voted to voluntarily move to a district based election system.
All public documents and schedules related to the City’s transition to District Based Elections will be posted on this page. Please visit this page frequently for updates.
History of Meetings
Public Hearing #4, November 26, 2018 - Staff Report
Public Hearing #4, November 26, 2018 - PowerPoint Presentation
Public Hearing #3, November 14, 2018 - Staff Report
Public Hearing #2, October 15, 2018 - Staff Report
Public Hearing #2, October 15, 2018 - PowerPoint Presentation
Community Meeting, September 25, 2018 - Meeting Flyer
Community Meeting, September 25, 2018 - National Demographics PowerPoint Presentation
Public Hearing #1, September 17, 2018 - Staff Report
Public Hearing #1, September 17, 2018 - PowerPoint Presentation
Public Hearing #1, September 17, 2018 - National Demographics Corporation PowerPoint Presentation
Public Hearing Notice for the September 17, 2018 City Council meeting
At the August 27 City Council meeting, a presentation regarding District Elections was presented by City Clerk Ky Spangler
Adopted Schedule of Meetings and Events Related to the Districting Process
Public Participation Kits
You can use the simple one-page map to draw your proposed districts and calculate the total population:
Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement
If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are, and would like to draft your own map using Excel to calculate the population numbers for each district, you can use the Population Unit Map and Excel spreadsheet to do so. Simply download the map, and save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers to assign the Population Units to your desired districts, and Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district. You can also access the interactive map to view areas in greater detail. Population should be approximately 20,706 for 6 Districts; 24,847 for 5 Districts; or 31,059 for 4 Districts.
Online District Map Drawing Tool
The most powerful map-drawing too, but also the most challenging to use, is the online districting tool. This tool enables you to draw districts Census Block by Census Block, just like the professional demographers. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics.
With this power comes complexity: this tool can be challenging to figure out at first. To access the tool, you will need to create a user name. Once you access the site, there are various online help tools available (quick start guide, short training videos, and an online manual). Before logging in, download the one page reference sheet.
District Discussion Timeline
Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), Safe Harbor Provision, the City of Simi Valley must enact a City Ordinance establishing boundaries for district elections and a transition plan within 90 days of voting on a resolution of intent to make the switch. The following timeline has been established to meet this deadline.
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