On September 20, we had our second public hearing on moving to districts. The focus in that meeting was to talk about the maps and mapping criteria, which you can find here.
The City is providing an online mapping tool, a workshop from 10am-2pm at Cardiff School on 10/7, and paper maps or an Excel worksheet to calculate the balanced populations at City Hall. The deadline for submitting maps is Wednesday, October 18, 2017, but if you want your map considered at our Third Public Hearing on 10/11, then please submit by October 4. You can take a look at the City's Draft Maps page to check out all the maps people have created. One resident had already drawn two maps at our Second Public Hearing which I have included on the right, purely as examples. Find all this information in one place on our Draw a Map page on encinitasca.gov.
As I've mentioned in both this blog entry and this one, the districting letter smacks of bullying and I am un-inclined to hand over more to districting than necessary to comply. The demand letter only requested that City Council seats move to districts, not our Mayor. Our directly-elected at-large Mayor seat was created by a vote of the people only a few years ago, and no other city has been yet been court-ordered to give up their Mayoral seat. In my view, districts makes an at-large Mayor even more important for good governance, but does not create a "strong mayor" system -- all Council Members and the Mayor each still have only one vote. So please keep that in mind when you are drawing your maps.