District Releases Four Draft Maps

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Later this week, the Davis City Council will release their draft maps – most likely on Tuesday.  But in the meantime, the school board has released theirs with four areas on it.

The district is required to share these maps in advance of Community Input meetings on October 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Da Vinci High School Presentation Room and on October 8, 2019, at Davis High School All Student Center.

At the board meeting of May 16, 2019, the board adopted a resolution that directed the Superintendent “initiate the process of changing the method of electing members of the Board, from the current at-large system whereby each member of the Board is elected by the registered voters of the entire District.”

This will be done in time for electing members for the November 2020 election.

Unlike the city council, it appears at this time that the district will retain both its election cycle and its five members.

Here are the four color coded maps:

Brief Analysis:

The school district maps probably demonstrate a good reason why drawing the district to five boundaries is unlikely to produce a single minority-majority district.  To create one, they would likely have to go to seven districts.

That said, it seems that three of the maps have a chance to produce that with the southern district extending a bit into central Davis.  However, they also include a large expanse in south Davis by Mace which is exceedingly white.

Looking at the Asian and Latino Maps, there is probably more of a need to extend the boundary north toward center Davis and away from huge portions of east Davis which would have to go into a Korematsu district.

—David M. Greenwald reporting


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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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18 thoughts on “District Releases Four Draft Maps”

    1. Bill Marshall

      Alan… Emptyprize published them in a readable size… you might try their website… no guarantees… saw the print versions, haven’t tried the website… spoiler alert…

      Orange version theoretically keeps all seats ‘safe’ for incumbents… if you believe that the neighborhoods folk live in vote for their “homey’s” … I actually don’t believe that to be valid… but ignore that, as I’m a “privileged white guy”… just trying to assert my “privilege”…

  1. Alan Miller

    Wow.  In the Green version I’m in a different school district than the house across the (quiet, residential) street from me.  Not to mention dividing Old East Davis, a recogonized neighborhood.  That’s F’d up.  Are “they” just trying to tank that version?

    1. Bill Marshall

      It’s “green”… very Davis!

      But, actually, Alan I agree… very messed up (euphemism), and cower thinking of what the CC maps will look like… it is a truism, that “there is no wrong way to do a right thing”… the corollary truism, is “there is no right way to do a wrong thing”… both are true, and are playing out…

      I just hope we stick with 5 districts for both DJUSD and CC… there is a danger of doing “the wrong way to do the wrong thing”… IMNSHO… it’s bad enough we ‘have’ to go to “districts”… but it is what it is…

      Seven is a “lucky number” for only those who are superstitious, or have an “agenda”…

  2. Ron Glick

    I don’t like the creeping of the West Davis districts over the bicycle bridge into my neighborhood. I thought the demographer said that would not be appropriate.

  3. Alan Miller

    Speaking of creepy, another thing I don’t like about these district elections (of either sort) is the focus on where politicians live.  Before, no one really cared.  Though it’s never been hidden I don’t think, it’s a bit creepy to have it messaged onto maps in local media.

    1. Bill Marshall

      Actually, Alan, you raise a good point… for years it was only a few who mapped CC member residence locations… kind of a “need to know” thing, for flagging potential COI problems on items that come before the CC…

      Always been disclosed on their Form 700 submittals, public record, for generally same reasons…

      With district elections coming, and concomitant requirements for district residency in order to run/hold office (which is more than a bit silly, in and of itself), it will be the “new normal” to map CC residencies.

    2. Tim Keller

      I agree.  The districts should be drawn completely without regard for where incumbents live.  I know Joe DiNunzio quite well and like him a lot – but I’d still be against any district that seems to try to gerrymander him into his own district like the Orange map does.

  4. Bill Marshall

    Another fun thing to look at is how many schools are in each proposed district… verrrrrrry interesting… (I was specifically looking at “orange” option…)

  5. Bill Marshall

    I also note that two arguably POC’s, with the “orange” map, live in ‘districts’ that are predominantly white, upper middle class… maybe one or two others… in fact, based on that map, all trustees live in upper middle class immediate neighborhoods… if the ‘theory’ of needing more representation by neighborhood is valid, and if the ‘theory’ of including more trustees who are not UMC and/or POC is important, well…

    We’ll see… TBD… stayed tuned…

  6. Bill Marshall

    Just saw the draft maps for the City… as to CC… no labels as to current CC members… @ first blush, at least two drafts are seeming “gerrymandered”… still drilling down into the details, including demographics… this will be interesting, and perhaps ugly/manipulative… see some definite biases in the lines… initial opinion…

    I still intend to oppose more than 5 districts… my opinion…

    Am thinking besides the other factors, the current CC members should disclose what districts they might be in…

    1. Bill Marshall

      Not specifically as to address... that (address) would be a breach of a reasonable amount of privacy, but does go to potential COI … at a district level, in voting for district boundaries… ‘incumbency bias’, as it were… not that that could happen… never… perish the thought…

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