April 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Council Electoral Districts

On Monday, March 14th, the City received a lawsuit alleging that the City is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit asserts the position that the city's existing election process dilutes the voting power of Latino residents. Cities across the state are facing this same litigation. To date, no city has successfully defended this litigation; many have faced millions of dollars in legal costs.

Being discussed for the November 2016 ballot is a resolution to transition to District Elections. The potential policy would divide the City into four neighborhoods (Districts) and each would then elect a City Council Member to represent that area; the Mayor would continue being elected "At Large."

The City has been working with demographics consultant NDC who has developed www.MyRC.life with information on the process and draft District maps to assist with this community discussion. All Rancho Cucamonga citizens are invited to visit www.MyRC.life and the Public Hearings and participate in the discussion. All Rancho Cucamonga citizens are invited to visit www.MyRC.life and the Public Hearings held on April 6th, April 20th, and May 4th to participate in the discussion. You can get answers to your questions, contribute your thoughts and share your thoughts on suggested map District boundaries.

If the voters not approve Council Districts, a city can still be sued, and if found in violation of the CVRA, a court has the ability to order the implementation of a district based election system. The latter scenario happened most recently in the City of Highland, where the voters rejected a ballot measure to switch to Council Districts. Ultimately the Court ordered Highland to switch to a district based election system.

Rancho Cucamonga values the rights and opinions of its citizens equally and hopes you will join us in finding the best solution possible.