Monday Morning Thoughts: Council Set to Approve Final Maps For 2022

By David M. Greenwald
Executive Editor

Davis, CA – If a picture is worth one thousand words, perhaps this side by side above is worth, I don’t know, $44,000.  That’s what the council allocated for demographer services for drawing the new maps which look amazingly like the old ones.

In 2019, under threat of lengthy and expensive lawsuit, the city of Davis was forced to transition from the at-large city council elections to district elections.  But because of the timing, those maps drawn for the 2020 elections lasted one election.  So now the city for the last several months has embarked on a redistricting process that no one cares about.

At the last council meeting, February 1, the council selected a final draft map – but requested some modest adjustments to the map.

According to the staff report, “The changes were intended to allow a portion of a census block to be split in order to keep a neighborhood together in District 2. Specifically, all of Acacia Lane and Cornell Drive, as well a few properties on the north side of West Eighth Street will remain in District 2. Willett Elementary and Sycamore Park will also remain in District 2, although neither parcel has residents.”

“This final map option provides continuity between the current districts, which were newly drawn in 2020, and the new districts,” staff writes.  “It defers a minimum number of individuals (68); accelerates 757 individuals; moves Aggie Village into District 3, which includes the downtown; and incorporates the population in The Cannery, which did not exist at the time of the 2010 census.”

Assuming the council approves the final map, the demographer will then work with the County Elections Office to finalize the district boundaries.  District 1 and 4 – Gloria Partida (4) and Dan Carson (1) will be on the ballot.


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About The Author

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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4 Comments

  1. Keith Olson

     $44,000.  That’s what the council allocated for demographer services for drawing the new maps which look amazingly like the old ones.

    Heck, I’d of done it for $22,000.

  2. Alan Miller

    The issue is that (I think it’s safe to say) most of the citizens of Davis don’t want districts, nor feel they are achieving any sort of equity due the demography of our town, yet there is little movement or will to remove them.

    1. Bill Marshall

      so much for democrcy…”unintended consequences”?  Some voters will be able to vote in districts, again, @ 2 yrs, others will be “locked out” for 6 years… as opposed to everyone getting to vote in a CC election every 2 yrs…

       

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