CHULA VISTA REDISTRICTING COMMISSION APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN
Residents of the City of Chula Vista are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Redistricting Commission. The Commission will be tasked with determining whether to recommend revisions to the City Council district boundaries, in light of the 2020 Census information. Any adjustments to the boundaries will be used in future elections, beginning in 2022. In 2012, voters approved an amendment to the City Charter that City Councilmembers would be elected by geographic district beginning with the 2016 election. Consequently, the first Districting Commission was formed and the current districts were approved in 2015.
Minimum qualifications for the Redistricting Commission members are that the applicant must be a Chula Vista resident, a registered voter and at least 18 years of age. Detailed requirements and qualifications necessary to serve as a Commissioner can be found in the City Charter, Section 300.5. Applications, which will be accepted now through July 31 at 5 p.m., can be submitted online https://www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/city-clerk/boards-commissions/vacancies-and-applications/redistricting-commission-application. For further information about the application process, contact the City Clerk’s office at (619) 691-5041 or by email at CityClerk@chulavistaca.gov.
After July 31, the Charter Review Commission will review all completed applications and select ten of the most qualified. Out of those ten, four will be selected randomly to be Redistricting Commission members, then those four members will meet and select the final three for a total of seven members from the initial list of ten. The three applicants selected by the first four members will be submitted to the City Council for appointment to the Redistricting Commission.
The goal is to seat the Redistricting Commission by September 2020, which gives the members one year to complete the task of having the revised districts approved by October 2021.