City of Victorville Invites Community to Remaining Meetings About Transition to District-Based Elections
CITY OF VICTORVILLE INVITES COMMUNITY TO REMAINING MEETINGS ABOUT TRANSITION TO DISTRICT-BASED ELECTIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2021
VICTORVILLE, Calif. – The City of Victorville is inviting community members to participate in a series of community meetings and public hearings regarding the City’s transition to district-based elections. The City plans to host three community meetings and three public hearings between now and mid-December to provide residents the ability to offer input into how election district boundaries are drawn. The meeting schedule is as follows:
-Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. – at the Victor Valley Transportation Center, 16838 D Street in Old Town
-Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. – Via Zoom, Hosted in Spanish
-Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. – Via Zoom, Hosted in English
-Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. – in Council Chambers at City Hall and via Zoom
-Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. – in Council Chambers at City Hall and via Zoom
-Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. – in Council Chambers at City Hall and via Zoom
The meeting agendas and Zoom details will be posted to the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov/agendas at least 24 hours prior to the meetings.
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 only the voters in that 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 information about 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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