District Election Process

The City of McFarland, like dozens of cities and school districts across the state, is working to make a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning with the 2024 Council election, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in and represents their district.

What prompted the change in elections?

The City Council initiated the change from at-large to District elections on November 30, 2023 by adopting a Resolution of Intention (Resolution 2023-141) which started the process for consideration of the formation and election by district for future City Council elections.  The City Council decision was self-initiated to avoid any potential threats of litigation, which have cost other cities millions of dollars in settlement fees to attorneys.   

What is the timeline? 

The adoption of the Resolution of Intention initiated a 90-day process to receive input and ultimately adopt the final district boundaries.  The City will conduct five public hearings as noted below:

Step

Description

Two Initial Public Hearings

December 14 & January 11

Held prior to release of draft maps.

Education and to solicit input on the composition of districts.

Release draft maps

January 18

Maps must be posted at least 7 days prior to 3rd hearing.

Third Public Hearing

January 25

Meeting to discuss and revise the draft maps and election sequence.

Final Public Map Deadline

January 29

Deadline for map submissions from the community for Public Hearing 4

Release revised maps

February 1

Maps must be posted at least 7 days prior to 4th hearing.

Fourth Public Hearing

February 8

Meeting to discuss the draft maps and election sequence; selection of preferred map and introduction of ordinance.

Map adoption

February 22

Map adopted via ordinance.

Final map must be posted at least 7 days prior to adoption.

 

Information from public hearings?

The following are copies of the presentations from the first 2 public hearings held on December 14, 2023 and January 11, 2024. 

 Draft Maps

The draft maps, prepared by the City’s demographer NDS, under consideration for Public Hearing #3 on January 25, 2024 are listed below.

Map

Posted

Yellow

January 17, 2023

Green

January 17, 2023

Purple

January 17, 2023

Orange

January 17, 2023

Red

February 13, 2024

 

Pursuant to Election Code 21130(b)(1), consistent with the districting body’s existing obligations under the federal Voting Rights Act, the City Council has determined that it is possible to create four election districts in which a protected class is sufficiently large and geographically compact to constitute a majority in a single-member district, as set forth in Thornburg v. Gingles, 478 U.S. 30 (1986), and as interpreted in case law regarding enforcement of the federal Voting Rights Act with respect to redistricting. All draft maps have four majority-Latino Districts.

Next Steps
 

The public may provide input into the proposed maps at the next public hearing scheduled for January 25, 2024 City Council meeting.  Input can also be provided via e-mail to psaldana@mcfarlandcity.org.

The public may also propose new maps by January 29, 2024 by sending them to psaldana@mcfarlandcity.org.