By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The City of Victorville announced that it will transition to district-based elections and it is launching a community-engagement initiative to gather community input. The City is inviting community members to participate in a series of public hearings and workshops to learn about the districting process and to provide input regarding potential election district boundaries. The first public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Council Chambers at Victorville City Hall, 14343 Civic Dr. Community members may also participate via Zoom by following the meeting details posted to VictorvilleCA.gov/agendas prior to the start of the hearing.
Currently, the City of Victorville employs an at-large election system, which means voters of the entire City elect the five Council Members. A district-based election is one in which the City is divided into five separate districts, each with one City Council Member who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters in that particular district.
On Sept. 27, the Victorville City Council adopted Resolution No. 21-100 asserting its intention to transition to by-district voting of Council Members after receiving a letter alleging the City’s current, at-large electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). While adopting Resolution No. 21-100 is not a concession or admission of any violations, the Council determined that voluntarily transitioning to by-district elections was in the public’s interest.
City officials expect the transition to district-based elections will take at least 90 days. Community input and Census data will be used to determine how election districts should be drawn in Victorville. The City of Victorville will publish additional information about its districting process including a schedule of future public hearings and community workshops at VictorvilleCA.gov/yourdistrictvv.
Located in Southern California at the high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 135,000 residents and some of the area’s largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreational activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with this city that is within a few hours of SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, and other major attractions. Ontario International Airport is less than an hour away. Learn more about the City of Victorville at VictorvilleCA.gov.