District Elections

Council VacancyThe City of Grover Beach, like hundreds of cities and school districts across the state, is making a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning in 2022, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters have the ability to vote for all City Council Members.

We need your help to make this change and draw new City Council districts!

One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?

How to Participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

  • Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process, or a specific map to districting@groverbeach.org.

  • Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map. 

At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:

  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest

  • Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community

  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all four districts

  • Share your opinions of the draft maps

  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations

  • Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process


Draw a Map

There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest.

 

A variety of map-drawing tools will be available:

 

1.       Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.

Tools needed: 

  • Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)

  • Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.

 

2.       Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals

Tools needed: 

  • Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)

  • Public Participation Kit - Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)

 

3.       DistrictR a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.

Tools needed:

  • DistrictR (Coming Soon)

 

4.       Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them.  Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released).  Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.

Tools needed:

5.    Story Map is an easy to use “story” of demographic and other data to learn about your community and identify “communities of interest.”  Story Map is similar to PowerPoint but interactive.  Story Map is to review and analyze data, not to create maps.

Tools needed:

Resources

Meeting videos, meeting and forum presentations, news releases and other districting-related materials will be added here as they become available.

Grassroots guides to districting:

Contact

Please send any questions, comments, and map suggestions to districting@groverbeach.org; or contact the City by phone at 805-473-4568.  Click here to register for email updates on upcoming meeting agendas.