Frequently Asked Questions

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REDISTRICTING RESOURCE MATERIALS

Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.

What is redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each City Councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In the City of San Buenaventura, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is normally released around March 31, 2021. For the City of San Buenaventura (Ventura), the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember.

The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

You can contact the City Clerk by emailing cityclerk@cityofventura.ca.gov to find out more about how the process works or calling 805.658.4787.

What do the existing council districts look like?

You can find a map of the City’s current Council Districts here

What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our Public Hearings will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting public hearings, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

What criteria will City Council use when selecting a map?

Federal Laws:

  • Equal Population based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted by the State to reassign incarcerated persons to the last know place of residence
  • Federal Voting Rights Act
  • No Racial Gerrymandering

California Criteria for Cities:

  1. Geographically contiguous districts
  2. The geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimized its division
  3. Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc), and
  4. Lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness.

In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

How can I get involved?

The City Council will be holding Public Hearing to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn.  Schedule for those hearing is here.   Our next scheduled Public Hearing is on Monday, January 10, 2022.

You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing cityclerk@cityofventura.ca.gov

Where can I find out more?

The City maintains a webpage on the city’s redistricting process here 

Live Spanish Translation at Public Hearing

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.  

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.