In line with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), beginning in 2022, LUSD is transitioning from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections where residents may vote for a single Board of Trustee candidate residing in newly drawn trustee areas, and will not be able to vote for candidates from “by-trustee” areas which they do not resides in. The public are invited to provide input on the district formation mapping during public hearings, and the new district maps must be submitted to the County by April 17, 2022. If the new district maps draw multiple current Governing Board members, all Governing Board members serve out their full terms of office.
On May 11, 2021 the Board passed a motion to have demographers at Redistricting Partners complete the process of adjusting the lines of our voting districts for the upcoming 2022 Board elections. A contract with Redistricting Partners was finalized which is valid through the end of June 2022 for a five-meeting process, the one used most often by other Districts and public agencies.
To meet the April 17, 2022 County deadline, our first meeting, held at regularly scheduled Board meetings, took place on December 13, 2021. Then, one per month followed in January and February. Two meetings are scheduled in March.
The first meeting was largely educational for the Board, the District, and the public, and was structured as a “Redistricting 101” workshop. Subsequent meetings in January and February were also educational, but included more outreach to gain the public’s opinion about how boundaries should be drawn. The 4th meeting in March is primarily dedicated to adjusting boundaries and choosing a final map. Then at the final meeting, also in March, the Board will be given the opportunity to vote on and approve the newly drawn by-trustee area maps.
Following the adoption of new maps in March, the District then has a hearing with SB County scheduled the first week of April. Following their approval, new trustee area maps and other documents will be submitted to the Elections Office before April 17, 2022.