Chula Vista Redistricting Commission Approves Draft of Redistricting Map

Chula Vista City Hall

Public invited to comment on proposed council district boundaries

At a public meeting on October 18, the seven-member Chula Vista Redistricting Commission approved a Draft Redistricting Plan map that proposes adjustments to the current Chula Vista City Council district boundaries. The Draft Redistricting Plan map is available online for public review and comment at through November 18, 2021.

In 2012, Chula Vista voters elected to create four geographic electoral districts within the City of Chula Vista. The current Council District boundaries were approved in 2015. City
councilmembers and any candidates for council office must reside in and be elected by voters who reside in the respective Districts. The Mayor and the City Attorney are elected at-large by all voters in the City.

The redistricting process is undertaken by city, county and state governments throughout the country every ten years when new census population data is released. Using the new
population data, boundaries for city councils, county boards, school districts, state legislatures, and federal congressional districts are updated. Various local, state and federal laws guide these redistricting processes.

The Chula Vista Redistricting Commission is tasked with soliciting public input, considering
federal, state, and local redistricting requirements, and ultimately approving
a Recommended Redistricting Plan map for Chula Vista Council Districts based on the new
2020 U.S. Census population data. This year’s redistricting process has been compressed
because the Census 2020 population data was not received until September 27, 2021, as a
result of delays associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the current process, the Redistricting Commission has held 17 public workshops to obtain input on potential adjustments to the current City Council District boundaries. The
Commissioners and the City’s consultant demographer considered population changes, public comments, and other required redistricting criteria, including the location of “communities of interest” (areas of the City where residents share similar social, cultural, ethnic, geographic, economic and government interests), to develop the Draft Redistricting Plan map.

Members of the public are encouraged to comment on the Draft Redistricting Plan map through November 18, 2021. On November 18, 2021, the Chula Vista Redistricting Commission will consider all public comments received, consider federal, state, and local redistricting requirements, and then vote to approve a final Recommended Redistricting Plan map. The Recommended Redistricting Plan map is scheduled to be submitted by the Commission to City Council on December 7, 2021. The final Redistricting Plan map when adopted by City Council and submitted to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters by December 15, 2021, will be in effect for the 2022 City Council elections.
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