District Elections

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What you need to know

The City of Santa Clara is looking to place a ballot measure on the June 5, 2018 Special Election, changing the way City Council members are elected, from by-seat elections to by-district elections. Here are some important things to know about this change.

Community Input - Get Involved!

1) Provide your important feedback on the preliminary draft plans for Council Districts. The short survey and maps can be viewed here: https://www.peakdemocracy.com/6095

2) What criteria should be considered when drawing the boundary between two new voting districts? Take the community survey here at Open City Hall.

To view public comments to date, please view the Open City Hall Survey Results 

3) To provide public input in writing, you may also email you comments directly to: districts@santaclaraca.gov

View the Preliminary Draft Plans for Council Districts

Discussion of Draft Plans NS 1 WE 1 and WE 2

City of Santa Clara Prelim Draft Plan NS 1 (3-19-18) 

City of Santa Clara Prelim Draft Plan WE 1 (3-19-18) 

City of Santa Clara Prelim Draft Plan WE 2 (3-19-18)

Maps and Demographic Data

A professional demographer will review and calculate demographic information for all draft maps received from the public. All suggestions are welcome and these will be reviewed based on the legal criteria in the federal and state voting rights acts. They will then all be published on this webpage for public review. 

If you would like to submit your own map indicating two Council District Boundaries, there is a way. Use the pieces map and the database to create your recommended districting map. Please print your recommended map or save your Excel file with each Piece allocated to a Council District and email it to the Ad Hoc Advisory Districting Committee at districts@santaclaraca.gov


Charter Review Committee 

At the City Council Meeting of April 11, 2017, City Council directed the creation of a Charter Review Committee. The direction from the Council included review of the City’s election method with a focus on district and other methods of electing members to the City Council in time for the June 2018 primary election.

The Committee presented its recommendation to implement by-district elections to Council on July 18, 2017.  The ballot language was approved by the Committee and presented to Council on December 5, 2017.  The Council approved moving forward with  the proposed charter amendment and directed the City Manager and City Attorney to initiate the process of drawing districts with public outreach.   If approved by voters, Council Members would be elected by two districts with three Council Members representing each district using Ranked Choice Voting. To review all related agenda material and meeting minutes, please visit www.santaclaraca.gov/charterreview.

Ad-hoc Advisory Districting Committee

A recommended Ad-hoc Advisory Districting Committee will be holding four public hearings; consider input from the public; review recommendations from the demographer; and, based on public input and professional recommendations, provide a recommendation to the City Council on one draft map providing two districts of equal population. The Committee will also consider input on the sequencing. 

Ad-hoc Advisory Districting Committee Members

  • Barbara "Bobbi" A. Estrada
  • Yuki Ikezi (Chair)
  • Stephen Ricossa

Public Meetings

Ad hoc Advisory Districting Committee Meeting

February 8, 5:00 p.m.
City Hall - Staff Conference Room
1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara

Four public hearings have been scheduled in order to hear input from the public. 

Two public hearings will be held before the draft district boundary line option(s) is drawn:
(Dates subject to change)

February 12, 6: 00 p.m.
Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara

March 8, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara

Two hearings will then be held after the draft district boundary line option(s) is drawn:
(Dates subject to change)

March 26, 6:00 p.m.
Northside Branch Library
695 Moreland Way, Santa Clara

April 12, 6:00 p.m.
Central Park Library, Redwood Room
2635 Homestead Ave., Santa Clara

It is expected that the Council will consider the recommendations of the Ad-hoc committee at a public hearing during the Council meeting of May 8, 2018.  

Questions / More Information

For additional information or any questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (408) 615-2210 or email districts@santaclaraca.gov

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