CITY OF ESCONDIDO
INDEPENDENT RE-DISTRICTING COMMISSION
Application/Nomination for Appointment
A Public Document
Filing Period: June 15, 2020 – July 31, 2020
The Independent Re-Districting Commission shall be vested with the authority to develop an initial district-based plan for future City Council elections. It will be composed of seven members, to be appointed by a Selection Panel of three retired judges residing in San Diego County no later than December 1, 2020.
APPOINTMENT TO THE DISTRICTING COMMISSION: Pursuant to the Consent Decree dated April 19, 2013, the Selection Panel shall use its best efforts to appoint people who will provide racial, geographic, social and ethnic diversity, who, in its judgment, will have a high degree of competency to carry out the responsibilities of the Commission and a demonstrated capacity to serve with impartiality.
To qualify, an applicant or nominee must be a qualified elector in the City of Escondido. A qualified elector is any person who is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, and is a resident of the City of Escondido.
The Escondido City Clerk will disqualify those who, within ten years preceding the date of application:
- Was a candidate for local, federal, or California state office;
- Was a paid employee or paid consultant of the campaign for a California political candidate or for a California political committee as defined by federal or state law;
- Was an official or paid employee of any California political party organization;
- Made monetary contributions to California political campaigns or political parties that exceed a total of $5,000 during a two-year period; or
- Is currently a candidate for local, federal, or California state office.
RESPONSIBILITIES: With the assistance of needed staff and expert consultant, the Commission must adopt plans that divide the City into four (4) Council districts. These districts will be used for all future elections of Escondido City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of the member of the Council, until new districts are established. The districting plan shall comply with the United States Constitution, including containing reasonably equal population; shall comply with the federal Voting Rights Act; shall be geographically contiguous and drawn to encourage geographic compactness; shall be drawn with respect for geographic integrity of any neighborhood and any community of interest, including racial, ethnic, and language minorities; and shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.
MEETINGS: All Commission meetings will be open to the public, and the Commission must make every reasonable effort to provide the public with access to its proceedings. The Commission must adopt a budget and submit it to the City Council within sixty (60) days after the members are appointed.
A minimum of six (6) public hearings must be held in six (6) geographically diverse locations before the Commission prepares a preliminary districting plan. The Commission will file the preliminary plan with the City Clerk, along with a report outlining the bases on which its decisions were made. The preliminary plan must be filed at least 30 days before the final plan is adopted.
During the 30-day period after the preliminary plan is filed, at least three (3) more public hearings must be held in various geographic areas of the City before the Commission submits a Recommended Districting Plan to the City Council.
IMPORTANT: The members of the Independent Districting Commission must serve until the plan it adopts becomes effective and any and all legal challenges have been resolved.
Persons who accept appointment to the Commission must file a written declaration stating that they will not seek election to a City of Escondido or Escondido Unified School District public office within five (5) years of the Commission’s adoption of a final districting plan.