Extended city plan proposal deadline | News

PALMDALE – The city has extended the deadline for residents to submit their own maps to describe the four districts for city council representation.

Like governments at all levels, Palmdale is going through the decennial redistribution process, using the latest demographics from the 2020 census.

Submitted maps and other public contributions will be reviewed by the 11-member City Redistribution Advisory Board to create maps that fairly represent the city’s population and meet all state and federal requirements.

The deadline for providing maps for the Board’s review is 5:00 p.m. on January 3.

Paper maps can also be submitted, by mail or in person, to the City Clerk’s Office, Attention: Redistricting, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale, CA 93550.

The next meeting of the Commission will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chamber, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B.

The Commission will make a recommendation to City Council, which must approve the final plans.

These final constituency lines will be used for the 2022 elections.

Two more public hearings before the Council are scheduled, in January and February, before the adoption of the final maps, which must take place by April 17.

Federal Voting Rights Act and California Voting Rights Act must be followed as part of the criteria for drawing district boundaries.

A new state law, the Fair Maps Act, created standardized redistribution criteria aimed at keeping communities together and prohibiting partisan gerrymandering. It also expanded the community outreach and public hearing requirements and timelines, which coincide with the state’s redistribution schedule.

Palmdale went through the district council elections in November 2016, in which all four council members are elected by voters in the district in which they reside. The mayor is elected by voters across the city.

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