City of Simi Valley to Begin Public Hearings for Transition to District Based Election System

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(Simi Valley, Ca) The City of Simi Valley has announced a series of Public Hearings to discuss the shift to District-Based City Council Elections.

On August 6,2018, the City received a letter from attorney Kevin J. Shenkman, on behalf of his client, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, alleging that the City is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and requesting that the City move to District-Based City Council elections.

On August 27, 2018, the City Council discussed this allegation and voted to voluntarily move to a District Based election system from its current structure of four City Council Members and a Mayor, all elected at large. The City Council also adopted a schedule for the series of Public Hearings that are required under the California Elections Code, and a separate Community Meeting to seek additional citizen input.

The Public Hearings will be held during the regular City Council meetings beginning at 6:30p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 14
  • November 26

The separate Community Meeting is scheduled for September 25 and a start time has not been determined according to the official announcement distributed by the City. All meetings will be held in the Simi Valley Council Chamber.

Simi Valley residents are encouraged to attend the Public Hearings to learn more about the process, and to participate in submitting proposed district maps.


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