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Paso Robles residents can help draw city’s new council districts

Posted at 4:37 PM, Nov 27, 2018

The City of Paso Robles is transitioning to by-district elections for its city council and it’s asking residents to help design the maps for those districts.

The city council voted unanimously in September to change the way members are elected after the threat of a lawsuit. A Malibu-based lawyer alleged that minority groups were not being fairly represented in city government as a result of the city’s at-large election system.

Now, council members will be elected by geographical districts.

The community is invited to three upcoming meetings to help design the district maps:

  • Dec. 5, 2018 – Community Meeting, 6 p.m., Centennial Park
  • Dec. 10, 2018 – Community Meeting, 6 p.m., Flamson Auditorium
  • Dec. 18, 2018 – Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chamber

City officials say demographics and a mapping toolkit will be available for those interested in submitting draft maps. They say districts must have equal populations.

Additional meetings are planned in January and February.