The City of Montebello is switching from at-large City Council elections to by-district Council elections in order to establish equal voting rights for Montebello residents. Beginning in 2022, Montebello City Council Members will be elected based on districts, each representing a portion of the city instead of having each council member elected by the entire city.
The California Voting Rights Act strongly encourages cities to create district seats, and in recent years more than 250 California cities and school districts have transitioned from at-large to district elections.
To define the new districts, the City Council must undertake a district formation mapping process, led by a demographer and legal team to ensure that the maps meet all legal and regulatory criteria. The City of Montebello is committed to transparency and encourages residents and stakeholders to participate. The entire process is expected to take at least six months to finalize the new district maps.
Actions Taken by the City
Updates to be posted in the near future.
|Steps to Take||Timing - Elections Code §|
Adopt Resolution of Intention to Change to By-District Election Process; Adopt Tentative Schedule
|Within 45 days of receiving demand letter|
|Public Hearings #1 and #2 (Before Maps Drawn)||No more than 30 days apart|
|Public Hearing #3 – Draft Maps Published||7 days prior to public hearing|
|Public Hearing #4 – Draft Maps Published if Initial Draft Modified||7 days prior to public hearing|
|Public Hearing #5 – Adoption of Ordinance establishing districts; Adoption of Final District Map||Within 90 days from adoption of Resolution of Intention|
|Implement By-District Election Process||Next Regular Election|
By-District Election Documents