District Elections

District Elections Voting System Finalized / City Council Approves New District Map

Beginning in 2018, residents in the City of Stanton will have the opportunity to vote for candidates who run in the district in which they live.  Once elected, these City Council Members will provide direct representation of the unique population, issues and challenges found within each of the districts.  The office of Mayor shall be directly elected.

On November 14, 2017, following five public hearings, related to the creation of geographic voting districts and the drawing of district boundaries, the Stanton City Council unanimously approved District Map Tan v4.  On November 28, 2017 the City Council adopted the ordinance to implement the new voting district map and elections for November 2018.  The General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the following Offices:  Mayor at Large; Council District 1 and Council District 3.  Council District 2 and Council District 4 will vote to elect their City Council Member representative in 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why was there a proposal to change the voting process?
The City of Stanton received a certified letter from Mr. Kevin Shenkman, an attorney with the Malibu-based law firm of Shenkman & Hughes.  The letter asserted that the City's at-large electoral system diluted the ability of Latinos (a protected class) to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of the City's council elections.  As a result, the letter asserted that the City's at-large electoral system was in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.  Mr. Shenkman claimed "polarized voting" was occurring and threatened litigation if the City declined to voluntarily convert to district-based elections for the City Council.  Over the past several years, cities, school districts, and community college districts throughout the State have been changing from at-large to district-based elections to comply with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 and/or to avoid litigation.  Agencies that have attempted to defend their at-large election systems have incurred significant legal costs.  A few examples of the legal costs that other cities paid defending their at-large systems:  Palmdale $4.7 million, Modesto $3 million, Anaheim $1.1 million, Santa Barbara $600,000, and West Covina $220,000.  The City Council decided to take advantage of recent legislation AB 350.  The key provisions of AB 350 afforded the City an additional 90 days to comply before a lawsuit could be filed as it was safe harbored from litigation throughout the public hearing and ordinance process.

What was the timeline for this change?
The districting process timeline is prescribed by the California Elections Code, Section 10010.  The City had a 45 day period from the receipt of the certified letter to consider if it desired to transition to election by districts and to adopt a resolution indicating so.  Once the City Council adopted a resolution indicating its intent to transition to districts, the City had only 90 days to do so.  In order to stay within the State’s safe harbor protections and avoid potentially costly legal exposure in the event of a California Voting Rights Act challenge, the process had to be completed within a short 90-day window.

Click here to learn more about the district-based election process - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Resolutions
Resolution of Intention
Resolution Establishing Criteria for Single-Member Voting Districts
Resolution Adopting a Map of Four City Council District for a By-District Electoral System
Ordinance - Establishing Four City Council Districts for a By-District Electoral System and Certain Related Matters

November 29, 2017
UPDATE:  The information below is preserved for archive purposes.  The districting process is now complete.


Help Draw the Future for Stanton

The City of Stanton is working to comply with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001.  Beginning with the November 2018 elections, Stanton voters will start to elect members of the City Council from geographically defined districts, rather than through a citywide at-large voting process.

The City is seeking input from the community to help draw the future council districts in Stanton.  The results of this input process would be the creation of a number of distinct voting districts.  Candidates living within each of the different districts would then run for election, and residents will vote for a candidate within their district.  This will allow for each district to have representation on the City Council, providing a representative advocating for each district within the city.

This page will provide access to all things related to the district based elections mapping process including, but not limited to, notices of all public meetings, public notices, press release, agenda reports, maps and supporting documents.

Should you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (714) 890-4245 or via e-mail at pvazquez@ci.stanton.ca.us.


How to Get Involved


November 29, 2017
UPDATE:  The information below is preserved for archive purposes.  The districting process is now complete.


Share your thoughts at a Meeting
As with any issue before the City Council, you can attend a forum, testify at a hearing, and / or encourage the Council to vote yes or no on any part of this process by simply coming to any of the public meetings on this topic.
 
Share your thoughts in Writing
You do not have to wait for a meeting to weigh in: you can call, e-mail or write to the Council with your thoughts at any time:
        Stanton City Clerk
        7800 Katella Avenue
        Stanton, CA 90680
        Phone: (714) 890-4245
        Fax: (714) 890-1443
        E-mail: pvazquez@ci.stanton.ca.us

Any thoughts you share with the City Clerk will be shared with the City's demographic consultant and with the entire City Council.
 
Draw your own Map
Districting is an unusual issue: instead of simply urging the Council to vote yes or no on a given map, with Districting you can take the next step and draw and submit your own preferred map for the Council to consider.  Every map received, in any format, will be processed by the City's demographic consultant and presented to the Council, complete with professional map and full demographic analysis, for its consideration.
 
Ask your Questions
The City Clerk is available to answer any questions you have about the process; the schedule; the draft plans; or how to draw your own plan. You can reach the City Clerk using the contact information provided above under “Share your thoughts in Writing”.


RESOLUTIONS AND NOTICES


November 29, 2017
UPDATE:  The information below is preserved for archive purposes.  The districting process is now complete.


Resolutions
Resolution of Intention
Resolution Establishing Criteria for Single-Member Voting Districts
Resolution Adopting a Map of Four City Council District for a By-District Electoral System
Ordinance - Establishing Four City Council Districts for a By-District Electoral System and Certain Related Matters

Notices
• Public Notice - First Hearing (English) (Español) (한국어) (Tiếng Việt)
• Public Notice - Second Hearing (English) (Español) (한국어) (Tiếng Việt)
• Public Notice - Third Hearing (English) (Español) (한국어) (Tiếng Việt)
• Public Notice - Fourth and Fifth Hearing (English) (Español) (한국어) (Tiếng Việt)


DISTRICTING SCHEDULE


November 29, 2017
UPDATE:  The information below is preserved for archive purposes.  The districting process is now complete.


When and where meetings are scheduled:



7800 Katella Avenue, Stanton, CA 90680 - City Hall / Council Chambers

DISTRICTING SCHEDULE
First Public Hearing Friday, September 29th
3:00 p.m.
Special Meeting Introduce the Council and Community to the process; explain map drawing, engagement tools, etc. Hear public input on districting issue as a whole and adopt Resolution establishing district criteria.

Status:

Completed

 

Second
Public Hearing
Wednesday, October 11th
3:00 p.m.
Special Meeting Further opportunity for public to comment on districting as a whole.

Status:

Completed

Final Day to Submit District Map Drawings Thursday, October
12th
6:00 p.m.
City Clerk's Office Ideas can be submitted to the City Clerk’s office via mail, e-mail, fax, and over the counter at City Hall.
        Stanton City Clerk
        7800 Katella Avenue
        Stanton, CA 90680
        Fax: (714) 890-1443
        E-mail: pvazquez@ci.stanton.ca.us

Status:

Completed

Third
Public Hearing
Monday, October
23rd
6:00 p.m.
Special Meeting First consideration of draft maps. Draft maps available for public review.

Status:

Completed

Fourth & Fifth
Public Hearings Combined
Tuesday, November 14th
6:30 p.m.
Normal City Council Meeting Date

Second consideration of draft maps narrowed down from maps proposed at Public Hearing #3.

Introduction of Ordinance approving proposed districts, the final map, and sequencing of districts and/or directly elected Mayor if applicable (i.e., which districts are up for election in 2018 and 2020).

Status:

Completed

Second Reading / Approval of Ordinance Tuesday, November 28th
6:30 p.m.
Normal City Council Meeting Date Final adoption of Ordinance approving Districts, maps, and sequencing.

Status:

Completed


CITY OF STANTON VOTING DISTRICTS (MAPS)


November 29, 2017
UPDATE:  The information below is preserved for archive purposes.  The districting process is now complete.


Selected Map:
On November 14, 2017, the City Council selected map "Tan v4" and introduced an ordinance implementing that map with 2018 elections in districts 1 and 3 and 2020 elections in districts 2 and 4. The citywide Mayor election will also occur in 2018.  The ordinance establishing four City Council districts for a by-district electoral system and certain related matters is scheduled for its second reading for final approval on November 28, 2017.

City Council selected map - "Tan v4"
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

Draw Stanton's Future!
Introduction to Districting – Presentation by National Demographics Corporation
Census Block Data (by National Demographics Corporation)
Census Block Data - Dictionary (by National Demographics Corporation)
Stanton Census Blocks (by National Demographics Corporation)

Draft Maps
For each draft plan listed below, there are links to Adobe PDF maps and a link to an interactive maps that allow you to zoom in and out to see plan details.
The maps listed below will be presented to the City Council for consideration at the Third Public Hearing, which is scheduled to be held on October 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM.

"Round 2" Plans

NDC V3-District Map - TAN V3 (posted 11/02/2017)
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

NDC V4-District Map - TAN V4 (posted 11/02/2017)
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

EARLIER DRAFT PLANS

NDC 4-District Map - GREEN (posted 10/16/2017)
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

NDC 4-District Map - PURPLE (posted 10/16/2017)
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

NDC 4-District Map - TAN (posted 10/16/2017)
•  PDF Map
•  PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

Resident 4-District Map - ORANGE (posted 10/16/2017)
•  PDF Map
• PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

Resident 4-District Map - MAROON (posted 10/16/2017)
•  PDF Map
• PDF Demographic Spreadsheet
•  Interactive Map

City Clerk’s Office
Patricia A. Vazquez, City Clerk
7800 Katella Avenue, Stanton, California 90680
(714) 890-4245
pvazquez@ci.stanton.ca.us

District Elections VIdeo

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