Redistricting


Public Hearing: September 28 at 5 p.m.

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The Marin Community College District (District) Board of Trustees is changing the way that Board of Trustee members are elected. Previously, Board members were elected "at-large," where each member is elected by voters throughout Marin County. Under the new system, the Board members will be elected by-trustee-area; they will be required to live in the area they represent and will be elected only by the registered voters of that area.
In an effort to ensure compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, the District’s move to By-Trustee-Area elections is intended to address potential issues of underrepresentation among members of protected classes who live within the District’s boundaries.


Types of Elections

At-Large Elections
Candidates must reside within the District’s boundaries and are elected by all the voters who reside in the district’s boundaries. This is the method of election currently used by the District.

From-Trustee Area Elections
Candidates must reside in specific geographic areas within the District’s boundaries called “Trustee Areas” but are elected by all the voters who reside in the District’s boundaries.

By-Trustee Area Elections
Candidates must reside in specific Trustee Areas within the District’s boundaries and are elected only by the voters who reside in the same Trustee Areas. This is the type of election system the District will move to in time for the November 2022 election.


Process

On March 10, 2020, the Board of Trustees considered and adopted Resolution No. 2020-03, “A Resolution of the Marin Community College District, Adopting By-Trustee-Area Elections for Marin Community College District Board of Trustee Members.” The Board adopted the resolution unanimously by a vote of 7 to 0.

The District now will go through the process under the Elections Code to transition to by-trustee-area elections. This includes the following steps:

  • First public hearing before maps are drawn – September 14, 2021, 2 pm.
  • Second public hearing before maps are drawn – September 28, 2021, 5 pm.
  • Demographer draws maps for consideration.
  • First public hearing on draft maps – date TBD.
  • Second public hearing on draft maps – date TBD.
  • Following the close of the fourth public hearing, the Board votes to adopt one of the draft map options. The District submits the draft map approved by the Board of Trustees to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, which will vote on whether to approve the proposed map.
  • After obtaining approval from the Board of Governors, the District works with Marin County agencies to prepare for the 2022 election.


Mapping Factors Used In Forming Trustee Areas

Public agencies can or must consider these mapping factors when forming trustee areas:

  • Each area shall contain nearly equal number of inhabitants.
  • Drawn to comply with the Federal Voting Rights Act.
  • No racial gerrymandering.
  • Compact, contiguous and cohesive, as much as possible.
  • Respect communities of interest, as much as possible.
  • Follow topography and man-made and natural geographic features, as much as possible.
  • Respect voters’ choices/incumbency, if possible.
  • Planned future growth.
  • Other local considerations (i.e., school district boundaries, locations of campuses).


Public Participation

The community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like. If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding mapping factors and/or proposed map options, please submit your comments and feedback here. You may submit comments in English or Spanish. All timely feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option. We look forward to your continued participation!

All public hearings will take place during Marin Community College District Board meetings.

On September 14 and 28, 2021, the District will hold the first and second public hearings before maps are drawn. During these meetings, the District will share information about the process. In addition, the public is encouraged to provide feedback such as:

  • “I would like to keep Neighborhood X and Neighborhood Y in the same trustee area.”
  • “Road X would make sense as a trustee area boundary because it keeps communities of interest together.”
  • “I believe all of Community Y should be in one area because it provides good representation.”

The District will hold two public hearings on draft maps. The dates for those meetings are to be determined.


Draft Maps And Mapping Tools

Draft maps will be posted here when they are prepared.

The District will offer the public use of the mapping tools available through Districtr.org. The link will be added here when it is available.


Planned Timeline

DATE

ACTION

March 10, 2020

Board adopted Resolution 2020-03.

Fall 2020

District staff solicited proposals from demographers; engaged in discussions with demographer re: agreement for services; prepared agreement for services.

January 12, 2021

Board voted to approve an agreement for services with demographer Cooperative Strategies, LLC.

January 29, 2021

Board discussed a draft timeline and related issues.

August 10, 20201

Board discussed logistics of the move to by-trustee-area elections.

August and September 2021

Community outreach.

September 14, 2021

First public meeting soliciting input before maps are drawn.

Meeting details will be posted online.

September 28, 2021

Second public meeting soliciting input before maps are drawn.

Meeting details will be posted online.

Estimated late September 2021

Census data released to the public.

Following the release of census data

Demographer draws draft maps.

7 days before next public meeting (date to be determined depending on when census data is released)

District posts draft maps for public view.

Draft maps will be posted online on this Redistricting webpage.

Estimated Fall 2021 (date to be determined depending on when census data is released)

Third public meeting to solicit feedback on draft maps.

Meeting details will be posted online.

7 days before next public meeting (date to be determined)

If adjustments made to draft maps, the District posts new maps for public view.

Draft maps will be posted online on this Redistricting webpage.

Estimated late Fall 2021 (date to be determined)

Fourth public meeting to solicit feedback on draft maps.

Meeting details will be posted online.

Estimated late 2021 or early 2022 (date to be determined)

Board votes on which map to adopt. Upon passage of the resolution, Superintendent/President David Wain Coon immediately submits a request to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges for approval of the map.

Estimated to be in the first quarter of 2022

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges votes on proposed maps. If the proposed maps are adopted, the District will receive a signed resolution to District.

Following receipt of signed resolution from the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges

District begins working with Marin County Office of Education and the County of Marin in anticipation of the 2022 election.


Meeting Archives

DATE ACTION SOURCE
8/10/2021 The Board of Trustees discussed logistics of the move to by-trustee-area elections. -
1/29/2021 The Board of Trustees discussed a draft timeline for moving to by-trustee-area elections and related issues. -
1/12/2021 The Board of Trustees voted to approve an agreement for services with demographer Cooperative Strategies, LLC. -
3/10/2020 The Board of Trustees considered and adopted Resolution No. 2020-03, “A Resolution of the Marin Community College District, Adopting By-Trustee-Area Elections for Marin Community College District Board of Trustee Members.” Resolution 2020-03