PALM SPRINGS — As the City of Palm Springs continues the process of moving from at-large to district elections, the city’s demographer has released eight maps, outlining potential electoral districts.
All eight now available for the public to review here by clicking on the name:
- Ocotillo map
- Smoke Tree map
- Agave map
- Ironwood map
- Palo Verde map
- Yucca map
- Cholla map
- Mequite map
“The maps were created by the demographer to align with the goals of the City Council and one of the maps, called Smoketree, is a district in which the majority of voting age adults are members of minority groups,” according to City Clerk Anthony Mejia, who added the
maps are tentative and not final.
As Palm Springs continues its process, the communities of Indio and Cathedral City will for the first time in November elect their Palm representatives by districts.
Like Indio and Cathedral City, the goals of the Palm Springs City Council include:
- Maximize the goals of the California Voting Rights Act, including civil rights, equality and inclusion;
- Prioritize the creation of minority/majority districts;
- To the extent practical, keep organized neighborhoods intact; and
- Maintain the principle that the best interest of the City as a whole remains the first responsibility of all elected officials.
“The City Council is looking for citizen input and residents are invited to submit their own maps or make modifications to other maps already submitted online by the Sept. 17 deadline,” Mejia said in a prepared statement.
All of the demographer maps are available for review here and residents can
also submit comments online.
Additional meetings and public hearings will be held on the following dates at City Hall:
- 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 27
- 6 pm Thursday, Oct. 4
- 6 pm Tuesday, Oct. 16
- 6 pm Thursday, Nov. 15
- 6 pm Wednesday, Dec. 5
- 6 pm Wednesday, Dec. 19
All meetings will be broadcast live on Palm Springs Community Television Channel 17 and online at www.palmspringsca.gov. The process is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018.
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