CENTRAL FIRE DISTRICT ELECTION RE-DISTRICTING UPDATE
At the regular Board Meeting of February 10, 2022, following a Public Hearing earlier in that same meeting, the Central FD Board of Directors elected to move forward with one of the maps presented by National Demographics Corp (NDC) to select 5 areas of representation within the Central Fire District for future Board of Directors elections. The hearing was the fourth hearing in a series that received input from the public, proposed plan (map) options, community demographics and other details relevant to the creation of a District-Based Electoral System pursuant to elections code section 10010.
Four maps were initially presented by NDC, then two more (Orange II and Purple II) after input from the Board and Public at the public hearings. At the fourth public hearing, all six maps and two alternates presented by a member of the public were all viewed and discussed before deciding on the “Purple II” map option as the most appropriate.
The map is split into 5 represented areas, from which the public will be able to elect a director who is a resident in their area, to ensure the best representation for that area’s specific needs. The map was designed to represent a nearly equal population for each area, and took into account common issues, natural dividing lines and common needs and hazards for each area.
Residents can view the online map, listed as “Purple II” on our interactive map page, and enter their address at the top left to see which represented area their property is going to be part of.
The next step in moving to this new district-based election system is to submit the map to the Santa Cruz County Recorders Office for approval. The District expects to have the new areas approved and implemented for the upcoming November 2022 elections.
For more information on the decision-making process, including draft maps of the proposed areas and how to give feedback, visit our Re-Districting Process Page.