City of Chino
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Staff Report

Consider the Introduction of Ordinance No. 2016-007, adopting a voting district map and establishing a district-based election system in the City of Chino.

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Department:Administration DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Ordinance

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Ordinance No. 2016-007 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Exhibit 1

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BACKGROUND

Beginning with the November 2016 election, City of Chino voters will elect members of the City Council from individual districts rather than by an at-large vote with the Mayor’s seat remaining a separate office elected city-wide.

 

At its April 20, 2016 meeting, the City Council reviewed the draft district boundary maps (Plans 4-1, 4-2, 6-1, and 6-2) prepared by National Demographics Corporation (NDC). The draft maps present two options for a four (4) district plan and two options for a six (6) district plan. Each applies demographic information according to the criteria outlined in City Council Resolution No. 2016-030.

 

Public comments on the draft maps were received. The comments suggested adjusting the boundary lines to maintain Villa Park, located south of Chino Avenue, east of Monte Vista Avenue, west of Central Avenue, and north of Schaefer Avenue in the community of interest described as historic Chino. The comments also suggested adjusting boundary lines to maintain the community of interest identified as East Chino, located south of Riverside Drive, east of Cypress Avenue, west of Euclid Avenue, and north of Edison Avenue.

 

Based on the public comments, three additional draft maps identified as Plans 4-1b, 4-2b, and 6-1b were presented and made available to the public on Monday, May 2, 2016. The presentations and receipt of public comments of these maps were conducted at the May 4, 2016 Special City Council Meeting. Overwhelmingly, the public displayed their support for draft map 4-1b with one additional recommendation adjusting the boundary lines of the community of interest described as East Chino. The suggested modification to this map included altering district two’s west boundary of Cypress Avenue to Mountain Avenue. To accommodate this change, the southern boundary was shifted north from Edison Avenue to Schaefer Avenue.

 

Upon concluding public comments, the City Council offered their positions on which map best served the community’s interests. The City Council unanimously agreed that Plan 4-1b, with the inclusion of the changes described in public comments, would, considering all the adopted criteria, serve the best interest of the City.  Plan 4-1b was identified as the “Council Preferred Map”.

 

ISSUES/ANALYSIS

The “Council Preferred Map” complies with federal requirements of equal population, compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act, and the avoidance of racial gerrymandering. Furthermore, the newly proposed map utilizes the criteria set forth in City Council Resolution No. 2016-030 while incorporating the recommendations of the public and City Council.

 

In acknowledging that the new voting map encompasses all legal requirements as well as City Council and public proposals, NDC, in partnership with City Staff recommends that the City Council approve the introduction of Ordinance No. 2016-007, adopting the “Council’s Preferred Map,” and establishing a district based election system in the City of Chino.

 

 

Attachments:              Ordinance No. 2016-007

                            Exhibit 1 “Council Preferred Map”

 

Meeting History

May 17, 2016 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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ORDINANCE NO. 2016-007

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CHINO ADDING CHAPTER 2.06 TO THE CHINO MUNICIPAL CODE TO CHANGE THE CITY’S ELECTORAL SYSTEM FROM AT-LARGE TO BY-DISTRICT ELECTIONS WITH RESPECT TO ELECTING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, ESTABLISHING DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, AND SCHEDULING ELECTIONS WITHIN THE DISTRICTS

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Glenn Duncan, Council Member
SECONDER:Earl C. Elrod, Council Member
AYES:Dennis R. Yates, Eunice M. Ulloa, Glenn Duncan, Earl C. Elrod, Tom Haughey