Re-Districting Process 2021-2022

Central Fire Re-Districting Process Information

The re-districting process of the Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County has begun.  Central FD currently has an at-large election system, where voters of our entire District elect the members of our Board. After receiving public oral communication on the possibility of a CVRA violation it was decided that the public interest would be best served by converting from an at-large based election system to a district-based electoral system. This new system would divide our district into separate geographic areas, after which voters would then choose their representatives who must also live in that district area.

The Central Fire District has chosen National Demographics Corporation to implement the planning, mapping and population data collection/analysis for this process. A number of public workshops will be scheduled to receive input from District residents on this process before final plan revisions are made and adopted.

We will continue to update this page with new information as this process develops.

Public Hearing Locations

Board Meetings are held at the Administration Office in the downstairs conference room at 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95062. Members may also attend via remotely - agendas for meetings are available on the front page as posted, which have information regarding attendance by phone or computer.

Summary of California Voting Rights Act (CVRA):

"AB 182, Alejo. California Voting Rights Act of 2001. Existing law, the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA), prohibits the use of an at-large election in a political subdivision if it would impair the ability of a protected class, as defined, to elect candidates of its choice or otherwise influence the outcome of an election. The CVRA provides that a voter who is a member of a protected class may bring an action in superior court to enforce the provisions of the CVRA, and, if the voter prevails in the case, he or she may be awarded reasonable litigation costs and attorney’s fees. The CVRA requires a court to implement appropriate remedies, including the imposition of district-based elections, that are tailored to remedy a violation of the act.

This bill would prohibit the use of a district-based election in a political subdivision if it would impair the ability of a protected class, as defined, to elect candidates of its choice. The bill would require a court to implement specified remedies upon a finding that a district-based election was imposed or applied in a manner that impaired the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice."


For the entire CVRA, visit California Legislative Information.


Re-Districting Timeline:


September 15, 2020

Public oral communication received during the Board of Directors Meeting as to the possibility of a CVRA violation and consideration of changing to a district-based electoral system. 

March 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

  • At the April 13th Board of Directors Meeting, presented Staff Report (PDF) & Resolution 2021-03 (PDF), Declaring the Board’s Intent to Transition from At-Large to District-Based Elections by November 2022 General District Election, Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10010. 

November 18, 2021

December 2, 2021

January 13, 2022

February 10, 2022

  • Map Review Hearing #2 - to be held at the 9 AM Regular Board Meeting of February 10, 2022.

Resources

We will be adding more information as we continue through this process, including information from the National Demographics Corporation and draft maps of the proposed areas. 

Public Input

The public is strongly encouraged to attend our upcoming Board of Directors meetings to give input on this process as well, up to and including any proposed revisions or suggestions for how to improve the proposed district map sections. Public Comments on this or any other District-related topic may also be submitted, email Public Comments.  If you wish for your suggestions to be included in the next written communications and/or forwarded to NDC for consideration in the next review of Draft Map alternatives, please send via the Public Comments email with scans/photos of your maps and let us know your preference for forwarding. We look forward to hearing from you!