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 Trustee Elections / California Voting Rights Act

Public Hearing: Transition from at-large School Board elections to trustee-area elections in accordance with the California Voting Rights Act.

In 2018, Santa Barbara Unified School District voted to transition from at-large elections to trustee-area elections in accordance with the California Voting Rights Act. The act took effect January 1, 2003. It prohibits the use of “at-large” elections when such an election system: “impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election….” -(Elections Code §14027.)

 

Pursuant to California Elections Code section 10010(a), before drawing maps of proposed boundaries of trustee-areas, the District must hold two public hearings at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the composition of the districts. The first of those two public hearings was held on August, 24, 2021, and included the following [presentation]. The second public hearing was held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, as part of our regularly scheduled school board meeting. Following these public hearings, a series of community outreach webinars will be held. 

The process is scheduled as follows: 

TRUSTEE AREA PROCESS: DATE/ACTIVITY TIMELINE 

August 24, 2021 Board Meeting

First Pre-Map Public Hearing and Presentation

September 14,  2021 Board Meeting

Second Pre-Map Public Hearing 

September 15 to October 5, 2021                     

Preparation of draft trustee area maps and scenarios 

October 12, 2021 School Board Meeting: Regular session begins at 5:30 pm. Check agenda for details.

First Public Hearing to receive public input regarding the composition of the district trustee areas

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October 14, 2021: 6 pm

Community Meeting via Webinar 

Zoomlink

October 21, 2021: 6 pm

Community Meeting via Webinar 

Zoomlink

October 26, 2021 School Board Meeting: Regular session begins at 5:30 pm. Check agenda for details.

Second Public Hearing-MapTrustee Area Scenarios 

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November 4,  2021: 6 pm

Community Meeting via Webinar

Zoomlink

November 16, 2021 School Board Meeting: Regular session begins at 5:30 pm. Check agenda for details.

Third Public Hearing- Map Trustee Area Scenarios

Board Selection of Trustee Area Map Board Consideration of Change in Election Method 

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January – February 2022

County Committee on School District Organization Holds a Public Hearing and Considers Approval of Change in Election Method and Trustee Area Map 

November 8, 2022

First Election Held Utilizing Trustee Areas

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