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.
At the August 27 City Council meeting, a presentation regarding District Elections was presented by City Clerk Ky Spangler
Adopted Calendar of Meetings and Events Related to the Districting Process
Public Hearing Notice for the September 17, 2018 City Council meeting
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
Community Meeting, September 25, 2018 - Meeting Flyer
Community Meeting, September 25, 2018 - National Demographics PowerPoint Presentation
Public Hearing #2, October 15, 2018 - Staff Report
Public Hearing #2, October 15, 2018 - PowerPoint Presentation
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 31,0159 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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