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Our Vote, Our Future DISTRICTING ESCONDIDO Drawing Lines that Matter!. Consuelo Martinez Community Organizer ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties cmartinez@aclusandiego.org ( 760 ) 294-9522. D istricting. The process of drawing 4 city council election districts.

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Our Vote, Our Future

DISTRICTING ESCONDIDO

Drawing Lines that Matter!

Consuelo Martinez

Community Organizer

ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

cmartinez@aclusandiego.org

(760) 294-9522

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Districting

The process of drawing 4 city council election districts.

Mayor will continue to be elected at-large.

Happening for the first time and will occur once every 10 years hereafter!

Goal is to create fair and representative districts

The city of Escondido was chartered on October 8, 1888. It has a population of 147,575 people (Census 2012 estimate)

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Why Do District Lines Matter?

District lines define your community so that people with similar social, economic and other common interests and concerns are represented

Districts create opportunities for new people to run for office and represent their community

People who live in the community they represent are more responsive to community concerns

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Who will draw the lines?

An Independent Commission

Result of a CA voting rights lawsuit

Settlement required an independent commission

Chosen by a panel of 3 retired judges

Has full authority to create final map

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What will the new commission do?

Independent

Districting

Commission

Determine budget

and hire

consultant

Hold public hearings to collect input

Draw new district maps

From July through December 2013

definition communities of interest coi
Definition: Communities of Interest (COI)

Communities of Interest (COI) are best established through oral or written testimony from individuals or groups

A group of people in the same area that shares a common bond or interest

Include racial, ethnic and language minority groups – but not limited to them

May not be based on a relationship with political party, candidate or incumbent

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Some communities of interest are…

Geography

Social and Economic factors

Lifestyles and Interests

Changes Occurring

Community Interests

Groups and Affiliations

Community Assets

CultureandLanguage

AgenciesandServices

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Public Hearings = Community Input

They can’t draw the lines without YOU!

Public Hearings Schedule:

Thursday - October 10 @ 6 p.m.

  • Saturday - October 12 @ 9 a.m.
  • Thursday- October 17 @ 6 p.m.
  • Saturday - October 19 @ 9 a.m.
  • Thursday - October 24 @ 6 p.m.
  • Sunday - October 27 @ 3 p.m.

Hearings will be accessible to people with disabilities and translation will be provided.

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Community Forum

September 24th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Escondido Public Library

239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido

Learn More About How to Participate and Tell the Commission What You Think!

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For more information

www.nuestrovotoescondido.org

Contact

Consuelo Martinez

Community Organizer

cmartinez@aclusandiego.org

(760) 294-9522

Or stop by the office during Districting Q & A hours:

Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

*Community of Interest Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 28 @ 10am*

Address: 260 S. Orange St. #9, Escondido 92025