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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Santa Barbara County
Measure G2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

73,331 votos si (53.58%)

63,532 votos no (46.42%)

100% de distritos activos (263/263).

Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission
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ORDINANCE TO CREATE A COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA CITIZENS' INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION Shall the ordinance of the Board of Supervisors to create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission to adjust the boundaries of the County supervisorial districts by adding Section 2-10.9A to the Santa Barbara County Code be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Santa Barbara County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the County Board of Supervisors.

If approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure would amend the Santa Barbara County Code to create a County of Santa Barbara Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission (Commission). The Commission would act independently of the Board of Supervisors (Board) in adjusting the boundaries of supervisorial districts after each decennial (every 10 years) federal census.

The Commission would be created no later than December 31, 2020 and in each year ending in the number zero thereafter. The Commission would be comprised of 11 members, each meeting specified qualifications.

The Elections Official would create subpools for each of the five existing supervisorial districts, from applicants meeting stated qualifications, including residence in that district. The District Attorney would conduct a random drawing to select one commissioner from each of the five subpools. The five selected commissioners would appoint six additional applicants to the Commission, based on relevant experience, analytical skills, impartiality, and to ensure that the Commission reflects the County’s diversity, including racial, ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity. The five commissioners would also consider political party preference, selecting applicants so that the political party preferences of the members shall be as proportional as possible to the percentage of voters who are registered with each political party in the County, as determined by registration at the most recent statewide election.

The Commission would establish supervisorial districts for the Board pursuant to a mapping process using several criteria, including:

  • Districts shall comply with the U.S. Constitution and each district shall have a reasonably equal population, except where deviation is required to comply with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 or allowable by law.
  • Districts shall comply with the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Districts shall comply with California Elections Code Section 21500, and in establishing the boundaries of the districts the Commission shall give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts.
  • Districts shall be geographically contiguous.
  • The geographic integrity of any city, local neighborhood, or local community of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division to the extent possible.
  • To the extent practicable, districts shall be drawn to encourage geographical compactness such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for more distant areas of population.

Districts shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.

The proposal contains procedures for the Commission to follow before adopting new boundaries, including the requirement to hold at least 7 public hearings before the Commission draws a map, with at least 1 in each of the existing supervisorial districts, and at least 7 public hearings after the Commission draws a draft map or alternative maps.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni
County Counsel
July 26, 2018

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure G2018. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at 1-800-722-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at http://www.sbcvote.com.

Efectos fiscales

Santa Barbara County Auditor-Controller

The passage of this measure would approve an Ordinance which would establish a County of Santa Barbara (“County”) Citizens’ Independent Redistricting Commission (“Commission”). The Commission would be created by December 31, 2020, and in each year ending in the number zero thereafter. The Commission would adjust the boundaries of any or all of the supervisorial districts of the County independently from the influence of the Board of Supervisors (“Board”), political parties, campaign contributors or other special financial interests and be reasonably representative of the County’s diversity. The supervisorial districts would be adjusted in the year following the year in which the decennial federal census is taken by applying redistricting criteria specified in the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, California Elections Code Section 21500, and other criteria.

The Commission would consist of eleven (11) members that meet certain minimum qualifications. The County Elections Official would administer the application process for members of the Commission. The Commission would be required to conduct at least seven (7) noticed public hearings before drawing a new district map and at least seven (7) additional public hearings before adopting a redistricting plan. Upon approval of a final redistricting plan by an affirmative vote of seven (7) commissioners, the Commission would be required to issue a report explaining the basis on which the Commission made its decisions in achieving compliance with certain criteria specified for establishing district boundaries. In the event there are not a sufficient number of votes of commissioners for approval, the redistricting plan would be completed by a supervisorial redistricting commission in accordance with California Elections Code Sections 21501 and 21502.

Fiscal impacts associated with this measure include increased County General Fund expenditures for complying with the requirements of the new Ordinance. These costs are estimated to range from $700,000 to $1,000,000 and would be in addition to the normal costs the County would incur adjusting district boundaries as required every ten (10) years. These estimated additional costs include but are not limited to: County Elections costs for administering the application and selection process for members of the Commission, outside legal counsel for the Commission, Clerk of the Board costs for administering the Commission’s required public hearings, services, supplies, translation costs, video recording, rent of meeting space for the required public hearings, and County staff or outside consultant costs to prepare the required report.

Actual costs associated with this measure may be different than these estimates due to various factors including: the number of hearings held, the number of applications received and processed, the extent of legal issues, the County staff time incurred, and the amount of services and supplies required by the Commission. Additional costs would also be incurred if a second supervisorial redistricting commission is required. All costs would be funded by general County revenues.

The measure is not expected to impact County revenues.

/s/ Theodore A. Fallati, C.P.A.
County Auditor-Controller

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure G2018 You Draw the Lines for Good Government!

A YES vote on Measure G2018 will take the power to redraw Supervisorial District boundaries away from the politicians, and let YOU DRAW THE LINES!

Ten years ago, California voters established an Independent Redistricting Commission to draw State Legislative, Congressional and other district boundaries after each decennial census. It’s time for Santa Barbara County residents to establish their own Independent Commission, modeled after the successful Statewide Commission.

Vote YES on Measure G2018 to create an eleven member Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.

The Independent Commission will be comprised of two volunteers from each Supervisorial District, and one at-large member. People with financial or political conflicts of interest will be removed from the pool of eligible commissioners.

Five commission members are selected at random, one from each Supervisorial District; the remaining six will be selected in an open public process, based on specific qualifications including:

·           Having voted in Santa Barbara County

·           Possessing analytic skills, and

·           An appreciation of Santa Barbara County’s demographic and geographic diversity.

The final 11 member Independent Commission must reflect Santa Barbara County’s racial, ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity, and as proportional as possible to the actual voter registration of the County.

Vote YES on Measure G2018 to ensure YOU DRAW THE LINES in a robust, open transparent public redistricting process!

·           At least 7 public meetings, at least one in each Supervisorial District, before and after maps are proposed;

·           Language translation services available at all meetings;

·           Video recording of each meeting for public viewing;

·           Public process which will allow individuals and groups to develop and submit maps to the Commission.

Measure G2018 is a comprehensive proposal adopted unanimously by the Board of Supervisors. They don’t always agree, but they do agree that YOU should Draw the Lines, not politicians.

Please join the Board of Supervisors, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara, and concerned residents: VOTE YES on Measure G2018 for Good Government!

The undersigned author(s) of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure G2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the County of Santa Barbara to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Das Williams  8/1/2018
First District Supervisor on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors  

/s/ Peter Adam 8/1/2018
Fourth District Supervisor on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

 

 

 

 

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE G2018.

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

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