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Districting Commission

APPLICATION PERIOD EXTENDED:

The application period for the Districting Commission has been extended to April 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

Application period: March 17 - April 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.| Apply Here

Please note: A résumé and one letter of reference must be submitted along with the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes and letters of reference can be emailed to cityclerk@chulavistaca.gov or personally delivered to: Office of the City Clerk, Chula Vista City Hall, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista.

 

The details of the Districting Commission are prescribed in City Charter section 300.5. The information on this page is intended to provide a summary of Charter and ordinance requirements.

Background

The Districting Commission will recommend four City Council districts to be used in future elections. In 2012, voters approved an amendment to the City Charter that requires City Councilmembers to be elected by geographic district beginning with the 2016 election. Those running for Council must reside in the district they wish to represent and residents will vote only for candidates in their respective district. For example, the Councilmember serving District 1 will reside in District 1 and be elected only by voters who reside in District 1. The Mayor will continue to be elected at-large.

Duties

The first Commission established will recommend a Districting Plan establishing four Council districts for use in the 2016 general municipal election. Future Commissions will recommend a Districting Plan for adjusting the boundaries of the four Council districts within one year of receipt by the City of the final Federal Decennial Census information.

One or more independent consultants will work with the Commission in developing the Districting Plans.

 

Eligibility to Serve

The Districting Commission will consist of seven members.

  • Applicants and Commissioners must be residents and registered voters of the City or territory annexed to the City.
  • The following persons are ineligible to apply for and serve:
    • The Mayor, a Councilmember, any other elected City official, or a member of the City Charter Review Commission;
    • A relative by blood or marriage within the second degree, or any domestic partner within the meaning of California law (including Family Code section 297), of the Mayor, any Councilmember, or any other elected City official;
    • A person who, at any time within the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of their application for selection to the Commission, has served as the Mayor, a Councilmember, or an elected City official;
    • A current employee of the City or a current employee of any organization representing any employee bargaining unit for employees of the City;
    • A person who, at any time within the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of their application for selection to the Commission, has worked as a lobbyist. For purposes of this provision, the term “lobbyist” means a person who, for compensation, has direct communication with a City official, including the Mayor, a Councilmember, or any elected City official, for purposes of influencing a municipal decision;
    • A person who is currently an officer in any local political party organization, including, but not limited to, officers of a political party county central committee; and
    • A person who, at any time within the four (4) years immediately preceding the date of their application for selection to the Commission, has served as a paid campaign worker or paid campaign or political consultant for an elected City official.
     
     

**Please note: Chula Vista Municipal Code section 2.25.030.C prohibits individuals from serving on more than one City board or commission at a time. Current members of a City board or commission are permitted to apply (except Charter Review Commissioners); however, if selected for the Districting Commission, they must resign from their current position in order to serve.

Selection Process

The members of the first Districting Commission will be appointed as soon as practicable, with the goal of having the first members determined by July 2014, and have the City Council approval of the initial Final Districting Plan by June 30, 2015.

The procedure for member appointment is as follows:

  • Individuals desiring to serve on the Districting Commission may submit an application to the City Clerk during the application period of March 17 - April 17, 2014 (the period may be extended if fewer than 10 complete applications are received).
  • The Charter Review Commission will consider applications at a meeting open to the public to consider the ten most qualified applicants (pursuant to Charter section 300.5.D.1). The Charter Review Commission will consider the applicants':
    • Geographic diversity;
    • Relevant knowledge and/or demonstrated analytical abilities that would allow the Districting Commission to carry out its responsibilities with a high degree of competence;
    • Demonstrated ability to serve impartially in a non-partisan role;
    • Experience in the areas of public communication and/or public outreach in the City; and
    • Experience in civic and/or volunteer activities in the City.
    • In addition, to the extent possible and as permitted by law, the Charter Review Commission shall consider available information which would assist them in creating an applicant pool of men and women who are reflective of the City’s racial and ethnic diversity, in accordance with Charter section 300.5.D.3.a.
  • From the pool of ten applicants, four applicants will be selected at random. These individuals will constitute the first four members of the Districting Commission.
  • The initial four members of the Districting Commission will then select three additional members, from the remaining six applicants selected by the Charter Review Commission, at a meeting open to the public.

Member Terms

In accordance with Charter section 300.5.J, the Districting Commission will serve until its dissolution the 91st day following approval of a Final Districting Plan.

Meetings

The Districting Commission will establish its regular meeting day, time, and location by written resolution. Meetings will be held openly and in compliance with the Brown Act.

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