October 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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Measure Q - Council District Elections on the November 8th Ballot

Many communities have at-large elections; others have district-based elections.

Rancho Cucamonga has a measure on the November 2016 ballot that would change the city to a district-based system for members of the City Council.

What Happened

Rancho Cucamonga was sued, alleging that it is a violation o fthe California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)
Fight potential lawsuit
Put the descision to voters. Under State law, cities over 100,000 in population can only change to district elections by popular vote.

Why this is Important

Due to the threat of potential lawsuits, dozens of cities, counties and school districts are evaluating the CVRA and its requirements.

If residents vote yes on November 8: The City of Rancho Cucamonga would be divided into four geographically defined districts that are approxiamately equal in population. Councilmembers would be elected by district beginning with the 2018 and 2020 elections. The Mayor would continue to be elected citywide.

If residents vote no on November 8: There are various scenarios that could occur if the Measure if voted down. However, it is known that voted down, the city would be open for continued lawsuit by the law firm who has filed this suit. If the city continues to defend the law suit, legal fees would continue to grow. To date, no city/agency has successfully defended itself from the CVRA lawsuit. In some cases, a judge has determined the District boundaries and the timeline of the District implementation has been required to be immediate versus a transitioned period. Within the last two weeks, Governor Brown signed into law allowing for cities of over 100,000 population to change to Districts by Council Ordinance. In order to reduce the liability/risk of hefty legal fees (some cities have been forced to pay millions of dollars in fees), the City Council may vote to change to Districts. This option was not available to the City Council when this Ballot Measure process began with the law suit filing, and the Council voted to have residents participate in this process.

Join Us for Questions on Measure Q with City Attorney James Markman Community Forum - October 26th - 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm - Central Park

Information regarding Measure Q is available at www.myRC.life - and an opportunity to hear from City Attorney James Markman will be held on Wednesday, October 26th 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm at Central Park as he hosts "Questions on Measure Q Community Forum", just prior to Police Chief Boldt's monthly Citizen Advisory Meeting. Join us to hear directly from City Attorney James Markman on this important community issue.