City of  Ojai Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.

Ojai City Council District Draft Maps Now Available for Review

City of Ojai Draft Map Plan A

City of Ojai Draft Map Plan A Street Detail

City of Ojai Draft Map Plan B

City of Ojai Draft Map Plan B Street Detail

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 gail.davis@ojai.ca.gov.


What is redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Ojai, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Ojai, the redistricting process must be completed by April 2022..


Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember.
The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You can contact the City Clerk at 805-646-5581 x120 to find out more about how the process works.


What do the existing council districts look like?

You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here: City of Ojai 2018 Adopted Council Election Districts


What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?


To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (3) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.


How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

How can I get involved?

Tell Us About Your Community

E-mail us at Redistricting@ojai.ca.gov

DistrictR is a community mapping tool that can be used to submit a Community of Interest map. Please use this tool to identify the boundaries of your community and share what makes it a community.

California DistrictR Instructions English California DistrictR instrucciones Español

 

The City Council will be holding hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings will be announced in advance and the public will be able to attend.

You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by email for those meetings.

City Council Redistricting Public Hearing Timeline

The redistricting public hearings will take place during the following regularly scheduled City Council Meetings.

First Public Hearing

September 14, 2021

First hearing, will review redistricting basics with City Council

Second Public Hearing

October 26, 2021

Walk Council through DistrictR, review timeline and basic census data

Third Public Hearing

January 11, 2022

Introduce first set of draft maps, discuss and take feedback from Council and public.  Ideally Council will select final map for up/down vote at February meeting.

Fourth Public Hearing

February 8, 2022

Introduce final map for up/down vote.  If Council asks for any changes, then map must go to next meeting for up/down vote.

Fifth Public Hearing (if necessary)

March 8, 2022

Council will vote on final map.