File #: 20-0848    Version: 1 Name:
Type: CEO Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/30/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 12/8/2020 Final action:
Title: Implementation of Countywide Redistricting Process Required Following the 2020 Census.
Attachments: 1. Attachment 1: Proposed Schedule

Implementation of Countywide Redistricting Process Required Following the 2020 Census.

A. Consider the process, criteria and approach for countywide redistricting as a result of the 2020 decennial census;
B. Approve establishing a 7-Member Redistricting Advisory Committee and a process for appointment;
C. Adopt criteria to guide the redistricting process; and
D. Approve a schedule and approach for the Redistricting Advisory Committee.

The District Act, in addition to federal and state law, requires that boundaries of electoral districts must be adjusted before the first day of November of the year following a decennial federal census. This means that any adjustments to Valley Water's seven existing electoral districts must be adopted by the Board by October 31, 2021.

Adjustments of electoral districts are usually accomplished through the completion of a redistricting study to ensure that each modified district meets the one-person, one-vote test and to ensure compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act. Because Valley Water does not have the staff with the requisite demographer skills and appropriate mapping technology to accomplish this effort, to assist with the completion of a redistricting study in an inclusive, transparent, and comprehensive manner, staff has issued a Request for Proposal to identify and select a demographer consultant who specializes in jurisdictional redistricting. That process will be completed in early January.

To garner community input on redistricting of the seven existing districts, staff requests the Board of Directors discuss and provide direction to staff on the following three key issues:

1. Establishment of a Redistricting Advisory Committee, including the number of Committee members and process for appointment.
2. Approval of the criteria to guide the redistricting process.
3. Review and modify, if necessary, the overa...

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