Up to and including the November 2018 election, the citizens of Moorpark elected its Mayor and four City Councilmembers through an at-large election system. Candidates for the Mayor and City Council could reside anywhere within the City limits, and the candidates with the most votes across the City won the election. If two City Council seats were open, then the top two vote-getters would be elected to the City Council.
On August 29, 2018, the City received a letter from Kevin I. Shenkman, alleging that the City's at-large election system was racially polarized, resulting in minority vote dilution in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, and threatened the City with litigation if the City did not switch to a district-based election system. Under a district-based system, the City would be broken into districts, with each district electing to the City Council an individual residing within its boundaries.
At a City Council meeting on October 11, 2018, the City Council voted 5-0 to begin the process of changing the City's at-large election system to a district-based election system. Video from that meeting is available in the City Council Meeting Video Archive at www.moorparkca.gov/CityCouncilMeetings.
Timeline of Events
The timeline to transition from an at-large election system to a district-based election system is provided below. All meetings and public hearings will take place at Moorpark City Hall, Apricot Room, 799 Moorpark Avenue. Spanish language translators will be present at all meetings. You may also download a printer-friendly timeline as a PDF in English or a PDF in Spanish.
|Letter Asserting Violation of CVRA, Dated August 27, 2018, Received|
August 29, 2018
Open Session Discussion Item
|October 3, 2018|
|Consider Adoption of Resolution of Intent to Transition from At-Large to District-Based Elections||October 11, 2018|
|First Public Hearing on District Composition (Pre-Map Drawing)|
(Not a City Council meeting) (Notice of Public Hearing) (Watch Video)
|November 13, 2018|
|Second Public Hearing on District Composition (Pre-Map Drawing)|
(Not a City Council meeting)
December 12, 2018
|Draft Map(s) and Sequencing Released to Public||No Later Than|
January 16, 2019
|First Public Hearing on District Maps and Sequencing|
(Special City Council meeting)
|January 23, 2019|
|Revised Map(s) and New Draft Maps and Sequencing Released to Public||No Later Than|
January 30, 2019
|Second Public Hearing on District Maps and Sequencing, Introduction of Ordinance (Regular City Council meeting)||February 6, 2019|
|Final Public Hearing and Adoption of Ordinance|
(Regular City Council meeting)
|March 6, 2019|
This website (www.moorparkca.gov/Districts) has been created to keep the public informed about the process of switching to District-Based Elections. The following resources are also made available on-line: