City of Ojai District Maps are now available for community review on the Redistricting website at https://ojaica.gov/redistricting/. Based upon the principles listed below, the City’s consultants, Redistricting Partners have objectively prepared draft district maps. These draft maps were derived from an amalgamation of obligatory state and federal inputs, data points from the most recent census, and draft maps, comments, and statements submitted by the public.
These draft maps are intended to provide an initial set of options – or a baseline – for City Council consideration. As the City looks ahead to the state’s April 17, 2022 deadline to adopt final maps, there could be further refinement of these initial draft maps based on Council and public input. Also, there is no preference or recommendations attached to any specific version of these draft maps that are being made available for the Council and public’s consideration and input.
These draft maps follow the Fair Maps Act, legislation passed in 2019 that outline a process that all Cities must comply with as they draw district lines. One element of the Fair Maps Act is a list of ordered criteria that must be followed in drawing district lines.
The Fair Maps Act Redistricting Criteria:
- Compliance with the Constitution and the Federal Voting Rights Act
- Equal Population based on the US Census Data
- All districts must be contiguous
- Community of Interest Testimony
- Follow cities and other jurisdictional boundaries
- Create compact districts as defined by California Law
- Not treat incumbents or candidates as a community of interest
- Not draw district lines to benefit a political party
The Fair Maps Act also ensures that there are numerous opportunities for the public to participate in the process and provide community of interest testimony. These draft maps will be presented to the City Council at the scheduled public hearing at the regular City Council meeting on January 11, 2022. The hearing will begin at 6:30 pm. Public comments on any of the draft maps can be made at the City Council meeting or may be submitted to the City Clerk at email@example.com.