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RECOMMENDATION <br /> It is recommended the City Council hold a public hearing to receive community input <br /> regarding the boundaries and composition of districts and to provide direction regarding <br /> final district boundaries and the proposed sequence of elections. <br /> FINANCIAL STATEMENT <br /> The costs to implement the procedures to transition from an at-large to a district-based <br /> election system will include approximately $50,000 for outside legal counsel and a <br /> demographer. There will also be potential attorneys' fees to prospective plaintiffs that <br /> are limited to not more than $30,000 (plus an annual adjustment for inflation). <br /> BACKGROUND <br /> On September 21, 2021, the City Council adopted a resolution of intention to transition <br /> from at-large to district-based elections in conformance with the California Voting Rights <br /> Act of 2001 (CVRA) (Resolution No. 21-1240). This transition would be implemented <br /> for the 2022 general municipal election. <br /> Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, the City is required to hold at least two <br /> public hearings over a period of no more than 30 days before any map or maps of the <br /> boundaries for the proposed voting districts are drawn. At these public hearings, which <br /> took place on January 4, 2022, and January 18, 2022, the community was invited to <br /> provide input regarding boundaries and district composition and at the second hearing <br /> the City Council gave direction to the City's demographer. <br /> On February 3, 2022, the City Council held a third public hearing at which it considered <br /> six map alternatives prepared by the City's demographer and seven map alternatives <br /> submitted by members of the public. Based on the direction given by the City Council at <br /> this third public hearing, the City's demographer prepared four additional map <br /> alternatives (Lime Plan, Currant Plan, Cherry Plan, and Tangerine Plan). All map <br /> alternatives are attached. <br /> DISCUSSION <br /> District Formation Criteria <br /> The legally-required criteria that apply to the creation of voting districts are as follows: <br /> • Each Council district shall contain nearly equal population, with any deviations <br /> justified by other traditional redistricting criteria. <br /> • A districting plan shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the state and <br /> federal Constitutions, the Federal Voting Rights Act and other applicable law, <br /> including the CVRA. <br /> • Each Council district shall not be drawn with race as the predominant factor. <br /> In addition, state law requires that the City Council use the following criteria in the <br /> following order of priority: <br /> Page 2 of 4 <br />