A City-sponsored measure, called "Measure S", passed in the November 2016 general municipal election with 69% of the vote. As a result, it officially amended the City Charter to establish district elections within the City of El Cajon, beginning in 2018.
The City is dedicated to making the entire process as transparent as possible, encouraging residents to attend community workshops and meetings to learn more district-based elections and the California Voting Rights Act.
The City will continue to update this webpage as the process progresses, so please check back on a continual basis to see the most up-to-date information.
With the passage of Measure S, the City is in the implementation phase of establishing districts. During the January 24, 2017 and February 14, 2017 City Council Meetings, the City Council reviewed the proposed criteria for the creation of City Council districts and schedule for implementation phase, as well as receiving input from the community. These were both adopted at the conclusion of the February 14, 2017 City Council Public Hearing.
Please click below to view:
- City Council Agenda Reports with the proposed criteria and implementation schedule.
- PowerPoint Presentation presented at the January 24, 2017 Council Meeting.
SUBMIT DRAFT MAPS ONLINE
There is a tool available for anyone to submit his/her own map of El Cajon with proposed district lines via a website created by the City's demographic consultant, National Demographics Corporation (NDC). The City encourages everyone to submit maps and utilize this tool for review by NDC. The more maps submitted the better!
For assistance in using this website, please attend one of the workshops listed below and view the tutorial material available on the login page.
Please note, the last day for maps to have been submitted and included in the initial release of the first draft maps was March 27, 2017. However, maps will continue to be accepted at least until May 15, 2017.
You can also download a blank map by clicking here. You can print it and draw your vision of where the district boundaries should be. To submit the hand-drawn map, please email or send a digital photograph to elcajondistricting@NDCresearch.com.
The City has held a total of 5 community workshops through the months of February, March, and April in different parts of the community. The first four community workshops were exactly the same, held in each quadrant of the City, with the purpose of informing the community how to submit their own district maps in order to provide their opinion on how the district boundaries should be drawn. The location and times of these workshops were:
- February 22 - Flying Hills Elementary School, 1251 Finch Street from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
- February 23 - Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
- February 28 - Chase Elementary School, 195 East Chase Avenue from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
- March 1 - Lexington Elementary School, 1145 Redwood Avenue from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.
The 5th and final workshop was held on April 18 at the El Cajon Police Station Community Room from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. At this workshop, the City's Consultants reviewed all draft maps that were submitted prior to March 27 and allowed for feedback on each map from the attendees.
The City had great turnout at all of these workshops, with over 150 attending in total.
There will be no more community workshops. So, in order to voice an opinion on any of the draft maps being considered, please attend future City Council Public Hearings. The next City Council Public Hearing will be May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers, located at 200 Civic Center Way.
If you missed any of the workshops and would like to read more information about them, please see the materials below. They consist of flyers, presentations, and summary notes from each workshop.
FLYERS, HANDOUTS & INFORMATION
May 23, 2017 City Council Meeting
May 9, 2017 City Council Meeting:
April 18 Community Workshop Materials and Notes:
February 22, 23, 28, and March 1 Community Workshop Materials and Notes:
- PowerPoint shown at the Workshop
- Community/neighborhoods submitted during community workshops
- Summary Notes of Each Workshop
- Implementation Phase Community Workshops Flyer (February 22,23, 28, and March 1) - English, Arabic, and Spanish
- Reviewing the Draft Maps Community Workshop on April 18 Flyer - English, Arabic and Spanish
Additional information for "Measure S" Implementation Phase
- Resolution Adopting Criteria For Creation Of Districts
- City Council Agenda Reports
- City Council PowerPoint Presentation - January 24, 2017
- City Limit Map
- District Election Law Guide (provided by the ACLU)
SCHEDULE AND TIMELINE
If you would like to contact the City about the process, please call (619) 441-1716.