City Council Districts
The City has four distinct districts for the City Council. Under the district-based method, voters may elect City Council candidates only from their district. The City of Paso Robles initially created districts in April of 2019 and went through a redistricting process as required by law in 2021/22. The current adopted map of the City Council District Boundaries is linked. Starting in 2020 District 3 and District 4 will be up for election every four years (2020, 2024, 2028, 2032...etc.). Starting in 2022 District 1 and District 2 will be up for election every four years (2022, 2026, 2030...etc.). The Mayor is elected at-large by all voters every four years with the next election for mayor to be held in 2022.
Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non- English-speaking communities.
What is redistricting?
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each City Councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Paso Robles, the City Council is responsible for drawing Council Districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data. For the City of Paso Robles, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.
Why does redistricting matter to me?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Councilmember.
The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for the City Council. This is an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You can contact the City Clerk at email@example.com or (805) 237-3888 to find out more about how the process works.
What criteria will the City Council use when drawing district lines?
• Equal Population (based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted by the State to reassign incarcerated persons to the last known place of residence)
• Federal Voting Rights Act
• No Racial Gerrymandering
District lines will be adopted using the following criteria:
- Geographically contiguous districts (Areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous. Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or regular ferry service are not contiguous),
- the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division,
- easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and
- lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
How will the City Council notify the public about redistricting?
The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, the City will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. The City’s public hearings will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.