SDCCD seeks public input on redistricting process

November 22, 2021 | San Diego Community College District

The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees is seeking public input as it moves forward with a redistricting process that will include updates to the maps used to elect its five-member board.

The Board redistricting subcommittee, which includes Trustees Geysil Arroyo and Bernie Rhinerson, met with the demographer on November 4 to discuss proposed revisions to the trustee area boundaries and developed a proposed adjusted trustee area map.

A virtual public forum with the Board redistricting subcommittee is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Monday, November 29 via Zoom webinar, to provide the public with an overview of the redistricting process, share the proposed adjusted trustee area map and seek public comment. To participate, join on Zoom.

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The Board also approved holding a special public Board meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, December 6, to allow for public input on the proposed adjusted trustee areas. The deadline to submit the final adjusted trustee area map to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office is December 17.

Also to be discussed and voted on at the special Board meeting on December 6 is whether the district will retain its primary election system, or hold only a general election without a primary. In June of 2019, the Board approved a Resolution to transition to “by-trustee area” elections commencing with the 2022 election cycle. Prior to the Resolution, trustee candidates would first run in trustee area-only elections with the top two vote getters in each district then running in a citywide general election. Now, only voters in each trustee area will participate in the general election, and in the primary if there is one. There will be no citywide election of trustees in either the primary, if any, or in the general election. To participate in the special Board meeting, join on Zoom.

At its regular meeting on December 16, the Board will consider additional public comment and vote to approve the final adjusted trustee area map.

“The district is legally required to conduct a redistricting process based on the 2020 Census,” said Trustee Bernie Rhinerson. “The Board welcomes public input on the proposed trustee area map, which better balances the population between trustee districts.”

The district’s five trustees are elected in even-numbered years to four-year terms by the voters of San Diego. In addition, three SDCCD students also serve a one-year term filling a student trustee position on a rotating basis.

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