Redistricting Process with 2020 Census Data

The Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach, including to underrepresented and non-English-speaking communities. Ventura is asking for your help to plan, draw, and redivide new City districts.

The finalized maps that you will help us create will define the seven Ventura district borders, and these new districts will impact how you elect your Council Members for the next 10 years.

Our primary goal when developing election districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?

REDISTRICTING RESOURCE MATERIALS

How to participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

  • Submit written testimony about the process or a specific map.
  • The calendar of public hearings at which you can speak about the process or on a specific map
  • Information on drawing and submitting maps  
  • Drawing Tools are LIVE .... Maps are due Friday, December 10, 2021 by 5 pm.

 At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:

  • Share your story
  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why redistricting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw one or seven districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
  • Use the Live Spanish Translation at the Public Hearings.  RSVP to reserve a headset.

Live Spanish Translation at Public Hearings

Elections Code Section 21628 states the City must take steps to ensure that the underrepresented and non-English speaking communities participate in the redistricting public review process. Additionally, the City needs to arrange for live translations if a request is made at least 72 hours before the hearing.  

Public Hearing:  Monday, January 10, 2022 - Time to be Determined  

The City has arranged for Live Spanish Translation ) for the Public Hearing scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2022.  The  time for Public Hearing hasn't been scheduled yet, but will by mid-December.   

To ensure that we rent enough headsets for the Live Spanish Translation, we are requesting that the public confirm that they wish to utilize the Spanish Translator services.  This can be done with completing an RSVP form, emailing cityclerk@cityofventura.ca.gov or calling 805.658.4787 by Noon on Friday, January 7, 2022.

City Clerk staff will assist any attendees that wish to provide live comments during the Public Hearing, with connecting to the virtual meeting. The translator will assist those speaking.

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