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City of Victorville Will Host Second Public Hearing About District-Based Elections: Oct. 26

Community invited to participate

Post Date:10/22/2021 12:30 PM

Press Release

CITY OF VICTORVILLE WILL HOST SECOND PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING TRANSITION TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS

Community invited to participate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2021

VICTORVILLE, Calif. – On Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., the City of Victorville will host a second public hearing regarding its transition to district-based elections. Community members are invited to participate and provide input regarding potential election district boundaries. Participants can attend the public hearing in person in Council Chambers at Victorville City Hall or via Zoom. The meeting agenda and Zoom meeting details have been posted to the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov/agendas.

Currently, the City of Victorville employs an at-large election system, which means voters of the entire City elect the five Council Members. A district-based election is one in which the City is divided into five separate districts, each with one City Council Member who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters in that particular district.

On Sept. 27, the Victorville City Council adopted Resolution No. 21-100 asserting its intention to transition to by-district voting of Council Members after receiving a letter alleging the City’s current, at-large electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). While adopting Resolution No. 21-100 is not a concession or admission of any violations, the Council determined that voluntarily transitioning to by-district elections was in the public’s interest.

City officials expect the transition to district-based elections will take at least 90 days. Community input and Census data will be used to determine how election districts should be drawn in Victorville.

Additional public hearings and community meetings have been scheduled as follows:

Community Meetings:

-Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. – Victor Valley Transportation Center, 16838 D. St. in Old Town
-Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. – Via Zoom, Hosted in Spanish Only
-Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. – Via Zoom, Hosted in English Only

Public Hearings:

-Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. – in Council Chambers and via Zoom
-Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. – in Council Chambers and via Zoom
-Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. – in Council Chambers and via Zoom

Additional information about these meetings and the City’s districting process is available at VictorvilleCA.gov/yourdistrictvv.

Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 135,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreational activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, and other major attractions. Ontario International Airport is less than an hour away. Learn more about the City of Victorville at VictorvilleCA.gov.

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Contact:  Sue Jones, Public Information Officer
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