The Ojai City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a new map that shifts the boundaries of its four council districts.
The determination is section of a redistricting method getting place in towns across the county and region.
District 1, which is the downtown core of the city represented by Councilmember Ryan Blatz, will go through a significant change with its new boundaries consisting of Grand Avenue to the north, Ojai Avenue to the south, North Blanche Street to the west and Shady Lane to the east.
Beforehand, the district was bounded by Palomar and Foothill streets to the north, Ojai Avenue to the south, St. Thomas Travel/Montana Highway on the west and Sign Street to the east. Changes to the district boundaries signify that residents may well vote for a distinct council district in the forthcoming election.
All other places of work, like the mayor, town treasurer and town clerk, are picked by all voters.
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Below state legislation, council districts must be contiguous, of equal size and uphold communities of curiosity. Councilman William Weirick reported the map that was ultimately permitted ideal reflected the requirements.
Kay Montplaisir, of Sacramento-based Redistricting Associates, stated Tuesday’s meeting was the remaining draft map presentation. The council selected from 1 of the a few revised maps. Ojai’s redistricting approach started with a general public hearing on Sept. 14.
Local governments use new census data each individual 10 years to redraw district strains based mostly on variations to the local populations. Just about every district have to be redrawn so that it is considerably equal in population.
The town hired Redistricting Companions for $70,000 to aid with the redistricting approach.Montplaisir stated her group retained the districts compact in look and operate.
District 3, which is Weirick’s district, will also go by a major adjust with Foothill Path to the north, Ojai Avenue and Maricopa Freeway to the south, Palomar Street to the west and North Blanche Road/Daly Road to the east.
The district formerly was bounded by Drown and Golden West avenues to the north, Fox Avenue and Fairway Lane to the south, Franklin Generate/Bristol Highway to the west and Grand Avenue/Gridley Street to the east.
Mayor Betsy Stix and council customers Weirick, Blatz and Randy Haney are up for reelection in 2022. Weirick is in District 3, Blatz is in District 1 and Haney is in District 2. Councilwoman Suza Francina, of District 4, is up for reelection in 2024.
The new map was completed in time for the November elections. Residents who reside in the area south of Ojai Avenue, or District 4, will vote in the 2024 city election, mentioned Town Lawyer Matthew Summers. Residents in the other three districts situated north of Ojai Avenue will vote in the 2022 town election, he stated.
Summers said the changes would not instantly influence Francina.
“In other phrases, the map will matter for your seat following the 2024 election where you’re living then,” Summers reported. “The map applies from the November 2022 election and forward.”
Stix claimed the new map was the “cleanest map, the most concise, the most straightforward to study.” She claimed there was no “hopping or leaping around so significantly” and supported it.
Francina claimed customers of the general public could nevertheless arrive at out to council customers who you should not stand for their district.
“These are synthetic boundaries mandated by the state, and we all vote on issues that effect the city at huge or impression a specific district,” Francina explained.
The city has a deadline of April 17 to comprehensive the map.
Much more info about the redistricting approach can be identified at ojai.ca.gov/redistricting.