MAP OPTIONS FOR CVRA TRANSITION FROM “AT-LARGE” TO “BY-TRUSTEE AREA” ELECTIONS
As the District continues to move through the process of transitioning to “by-Trustee-area” elections under the legal requirements of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), we have reached a critical point. The District is releasing three map options to the community for study and input. All three of the map options being considered meet the legal requirements outlined in CVRA.
All Map Options Are Also Available For Review Via This Interactive Google Map here.
The District is providing five in-person opportunities to the community to review and provide feedback over the next six weeks before the Board of Trustees votes on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for a map that will be put into effect for the November 2020 Board elections.
This release of map options comes at the end of the “Pre-Map” period wherein the District engaged the community with two public hearings to solicit input before drawing map options.
Each map option for consideration:
- Meets the equal population requirement (that each trustee area have equal population with up to a 10% variance);
- Creates at least one trustee area wherein the Hispanic/Latino population and two trustee areas wherein the Asian population increases to majority influence by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages;
- Complies with the Federal Voting Rights Act;
- Respects communities of interest as much as possible;
- Is compact and contiguous as much as possible; and
- Follows man-made and natural geographic features as much as possible.
COMMUNITY MAP MAKING TOOLKIT INSTRUCTIONS
The New Haven Unified School District is providing the community with the opportunity to submit draft trustee area plans for consideration. Below, please find a map of the School District that contains labeled geographic areas. Those numerically labeled areas correspond to the Excel worksheet also below.
To create a scenario for consideration, please follow the instructions below:
- Attempt to get each area as close as possible to equal total population and to the ideal total listed in the Excel worksheet. (15,042 total population per area)
- Each area should be compact and contiguous
- Attempt to keep communities of interest and neighborhoods together, as best as possible
- Follow natural and man-made boundaries (such as major roadways)
The School District’s demographer will review the submissions for compliance with the requirements of creating voting areas and bring forward for consideration those that meet those requirements.
The deadline to submit your map is Friday, September 13, 2019 at 12:00 p.m./noon.
If you have any questions regarding the map toolkit, please contact the demographer at NewHavenUSDCVRA@coopstrategies.com.
Upcoming Meeting and Hearing Schedule
- September 3, 2019 – 1st Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)
- September 4, 2019 – Community Input Meeting regarding Map Options at 5:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School (31604 Alvarado Bl., Union City, CA 94587)
- September 5, 2019 – Community Input Meeting regarding Map Options at 5:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Cesar Chavez Middle School (2801 Hop Ranch Rd., Union City, CA 94587)
- September 17, 2019 – 2nd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)
- October 1, 2019 – 3rd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)
The New Haven community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like. If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. All map preference feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option.
We look forward to your continued participation!