The City of Grover Beach, like hundreds of cities and school districts across the state, is making a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning in 2022, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters have the ability to vote for all City Council Members.
We need your help to make this change and draw new City Council districts!
One of our primary goals when drawing City Council 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?
How to Participate?
Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!
- Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process, or a specific map to email@example.com.
- Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map.
At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:
- Define your neighborhood or community of interest
- Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community
- Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all four districts
- Share your opinions of the draft maps
- Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
- Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process
Identified Communities of Interest
During the first two districting public hearings, the City Council identified these communities of interest in the City of Grover Beach:
Single family homeowners vs. multi-family units
High-density commercial and surrounding areas
Coastal Zone vs. Non-coastal zone boundaries
Rental properties vs. homeowners
Communities of interest are defined as:
groups of people that share common social or economic interests,
groups that live in a geographically defined area, and
groups that should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future elections.
For more information about communities of interest, visit the FAQ page.
Draw a Map
There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest.
Please be advised that the current data is subject to change based on the State adjustments for inmates, which is anticipated to be available in late September.
A variety of map-drawing tools will be available:
1. Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.
- Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)
- Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.
2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals
- Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)
- Public Participation Kit - Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)
3. DistrictR a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.
4. Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them. Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released). Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.
5. Story Map is an easy to use “story” of demographic and other data to learn about your community and identify “communities of interest.” Story Map is similar to PowerPoint but interactive. Story Map is to review and analyze data, not to create maps.
Meeting videos, meeting and forum presentations, news releases and other districting-related materials will be added here as they become available.
Grassroots guides to districting:
- From MALDEF, the NAACP and the Asian Justice Center
- From the Brennan Center
- From the League of Women Voters
Please send any questions, comments, and map suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact the City by phone at 805-473-4568. Click here to register for email updates on upcoming meeting agendas.
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