District Elections

On September 4, 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring its intent to initiate proceedings to transition the City from at-large to district-based Council Member elections pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010 and Government Code Section 34886 (RES-2017-13). 

The City of Marina currently has an at-large election system, which means that the electors for the entire City choose each of the four Council Members, and a directly elected Mayor. A district-based election is one in which the city is geographically divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resides in the district and is chosen by the electors residing in that particular district. The office of the Mayor would still be elected at large. 

The City Council is required to hold at least five public hearings in connection with the establishment of electoral districts, before the Council moves to consider an ordinance to transition the City to district-based elections.  These public hearings have been scheduled as follows:

  1. September 17 – Educational Presentation 1 to discuss data and receive Council and public input
  2. October 1 – Educational Presentation 2 to discuss data and receive Council and public input
  3. November 5 – Draft Map Presentation 1 for Council and public input
  4. November 19 – Draft Map Presentation 2 for Council and public input
  5. December 3 – Council to consider a Ordinance adopting the final district maps

The first step in the transition processing is to hold two public hearings to invite public input regarding the composition of the City’s voting districts before any draft maps are drawn. After these two public hearings are complete, the City Council must hold at least two additional public hearings during a 45-day period on the map(s) of the districts themselves. The maps must be publicly available for at least seven days before the public hearing, and if a change is made to the map after the first public hearing, the revised map must be available at least seven days before the districts are adopted by ordinance.

City Council Agenda Items

Draw a Map

Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself!

There are two ways to draw your maps using tools that are provided below on this page. The tools include using the Paper-Only Maps to draw  your map or using the Microsoft Excel Supplement to draw your map.  With these tools, you can draw the borders of your neighborhood and indicate whether you want it united in one district or if you want your neighborhood to have multiple Council Members representing it. Or draw a proposed Council district. Or sketch an entire citywide map of all 4 Council districts.

Draw whatever you want the Council to consider and submit it to marina@NDCresearch.com.

Please submit your initial map(s) no later than Tuesday, October 22, 2019! 

After it is submitted, the City’s demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.

Paper-Only Maps

Draw your proposed map on any city map, or click here to use the PDF map (click here for Spanish Version) developed for this project. Instructions, including how to submit your proposed map of districts, are on the one page PDF file.

Microsoft Excel Supplement

Are you familiar with the basic functions of Microsoft Excel? Then you can let Excel do the total population and demographic math for you. First, download and save the Excel file to your computer. Then use the Excel file and the Map of Population Unit ID numbers (either the PDF map (Spanish Versionor the online interactive map) to assign the Population Units to your desired districts. Excel will provide the resulting demographics for each district.

Click on the file link to download the 4-District Excel file English version or Spanish version.

Interactive Public Participation Kit Supplement

If you want to see exactly where the various Population Unit boundaries are located, or if you have difficulty reading the small print on the 8.5×11 PDF files, you can use this interactive map to zoom in and out on the Population Unit boundaries, and switch back and forth between PopUnit ID number labels and total population labels.. It works like Google Maps, except you use check-boxes to choose what layers and labels you want to see on the map. (Once they are released, the Draft Maps will also appear as layer options on this same map.)