Garden Grove Invites Residents to Give Input on District Elections Process

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As the city of Garden Grove begins the process of drawing the boundaries for its new district-based election system, residents will be able to attend individual and community meetings to offer input to the city’s hired consultant.

For the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., residents can reserve individual, one-hour appointments with consultant David Ely of Compass Demographics where Ely will answer questions and explain the process, according to a city press release.

 

The process is the result of the city’s settlement of a lawsuit brought by Garden Grove resident Rickk Montoya, which asserted that the City’s current “at-large” method of electing City Council members violates the California Voting Rights Act.

By the Nov. 2016 election, the city must replace its at-large system with a process in which city council members are nominated and elected from five geographic districts within the city.

As part of the settlement, the city must retain the firm Compass Demographics to assist in developing the district maps.

Reservations for the individual meetings must be made at least three business days in advance by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 741-5035 or by email at districtelections@garden-grove.org.

Three community informational meetings have also been scheduled at the dates and times below:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, at Garden Grove Park
13641 Deodara Dr., 92844

Saturday, December 12, 2015
6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Garden Grove Courtyard Center, at Village Green park
12732 Main St., 92840

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Kiwanisland, at Kiwanis Club of Garden Grove
9840 Larson Ave., 92844

Additional meetings will be held through March 2016, with the dates and times to be announced at a later date.

For more information, go to the city website.

Contact Thy Vo at tvo@voiceofoc.org or follow her on Twitter @thyanhvo.

  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    This is more racial than it is about the greater good of the whole. The
    lawsuit was to penalize members of the community who voted because the
    apathetic members did not.

    • Roderick Powell

      BeeBee Apathetic is your description for members “of the community” who are not voting? Are you implying that these “members” are of a specific ethnicity”? Even if apathy were their primary reason, would that mean these members are not entitled to fair representation? Is that what you are saying? Lastly, why on this public forum, must you hide your identity?

  • LFOldTimer

    Do the GG residents have to have a relative on the inside to get a seat at the table during the meetings? Just curious?

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      This is more racial than it is about the greater good of the whole. The lawsuit was to penalize members of the community who voted because the apathetic members did not.