King City prepares to draw district boundries for November council elections

Apr 11, 2016

King City is moving forward with its plans for a district elections system. Its part of an effort to make representation on the City Council more reflective of the town's neighborhoods. 

The move follows a push by people in the community to give minorities a better chance at winning seats.

The change was approved by council members in late February and the city is moving forward with plans to draw the district lines. A series of public meetings are scheduled in the coming days and weeks to accomplish that aspect.

City Manager Steven Adams said Monday, the new system won't be in place in time for the June Primary, but it should be ready to go for the upcoming General Election.

"The direction from council was to get it in place for this November," said Adams. "We were a little bit concerned about the time line, but we have schedule in place and we think we'll be able to accomplish that."

King City will stick with five representatives on the council. Three of those will be up for election in November.

Registered voters will be alerted as to whether their district is among those voting.

King City joins a growing number of cities to take the district election approach. In Monterey County, Salinas is also a district election city.

In San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, only the City of Santa Barbara has district elections, according to the California League of Cities.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.