Grover Beach Selects Maps for New City Council Seats by District | News | San Luis Obispo
Grover Beach has whittled down his gallery of potential City Council district cards to four prospects who will be given a close look at the end of next month.
Of the 45 total map projects the city has accumulated from the National Demographics Corporation (NDC) and the public, 17 maps were ineligible, in part because many were drawn using census data. projected which differed significantly from the official final counts.
“Anyone who drew a map with the estimated data drew maps that weren’t legally compliant because the districts aren’t balanced in terms of population,” NDC consultant Daniel Phillips said at the meeting. Grover Beach City Council on January 24. “Due to the delay in the census data, we were unable to have the official data when the DistrictR [mapping] tool was launched. So we put some estimated data on the website and hoped it would be close enough to the actual official data. That didn’t turn out to be the case, unfortunately.”
Deciding on a district map is imperative for Grover Beach. Constrained by a legal notice filed by attorney Jeffrey Mayes on behalf of resident Felipe Rueff, the city must transition from its general electoral system to a district-based system. Rueff alleged that the existing system may violate California voting rights law because underrepresented communities struggle to elect their chosen candidates.
The Jan. 24 meeting was the council’s first since residents handed in their draft maps based on a series of public workshops held in 2021. The city selected four NDC-created maps that met the criteria federal and state. Some of the requirements include an equal distribution of population between districts, the absence of racial gerrymandering, and easily identifiable boundaries.
At the meeting, Phillips said the NDC maps were also designed to reflect certain public preferences, such as honoring “communities of interest” identified by city council last summer. Tenant-occupied housing, school attendance areas, and high-density commercial areas make up some of Grover Beach’s communities of interest.
Phillips also highlighted another focus group: the voting-age population of Latino citizens. According to him, Latino residents make up the largest community in Grover Beach after white people.
“We are focusing on this population because when it comes to compliance with federal suffrage law, we really want to be aware of who is eligible to vote, has the ability to vote, and improves the ability to vote. ‘elect the candidates of their choice.. We also focus on the Latin American population, because with respect to the federal suffrage law’s concern with protected classes, those who are historically marginalized or disadvantaged are often racial or ethnic minority groups,” Phillips said.
In the end, the city chose NDC maps 901, 904 and 905. Two versions of map 901 will be reviewed with the others at a public hearing on February 28. The members of the municipal council wanted to reduce the population gap of the 901 card because it reached the threshold of 10% beyond which it becomes ineligible.
Grover Beach assistant manager Kristin Eriksson said new times that the public is still invited to submit cards until February 10.
“Since we do not track individuals who submitted maps, we cannot be sure that those individuals did not resubmit after census data became available. Additionally, many maps, although they may not be viable or compliant as a district map, have served to provide information on communities of interest.The city continues to welcome public comments for consideration by council prior to the final selection hearing for the map on February 28,” she said. “Any new maps will be shared with the board along with further public comment prior to the hearing, and they may choose to consider one or more additional maps as finalist maps. at their discretion.” Δ