Costa Mesa will begin a series of community meetings next month as it prepares to switch to a by-district system for electing the city council, abandoning the at-large system in place since its incorporation as a city. As OC Daily has reported, the move isn’t the result of a citizen demands but of a legal settlement with attorney Kevin Shenkman to avoid a California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)lawsuit.
Following is the community meeting schedule:
- Thursday June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.
- Saturday June 4 at 10 a.m. at Halecrest Park, 3107 Killybrooke Lane.
- Wednesday June 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Joachim Catholic Church, 1964 Orange Ave.
- Saturday June 18 at 10 a.m. at the Balearic Community Center, 1975 Balearic Drive.
Translators will be present to assist with language needs in Spanish and Vietnamese.
According to the city-issued press release, Costa Mesa has hired David Ely of Compass Demographics to conduct the meetings and oversee the map-drawing process. Hiring Ely was one of Shenkman’s conditions in the settlement agreement.
Ultimately, the particular map ultimately selected by the city council will be put to a vote of Costa Mesa citizens in November. If Costa Mesa voter decide they do not want by-district elections and reject the map, a CVRA lawsuit is near certain and a council district map will likely be drawn and imposed by the courts