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With the recent release of the 2020 U.S. Census data, Chula Vista will now move forward in determining how to revise four City Council district boundaries for future city elections. 

The city is holding several upcoming meetings beginning Oct. 7 for residents to share findings from initial public hearings and outreach, review the mapping process and initial census data and hear public testimony. The City Council is expected to vote on the recommended map at the Dec. 7 council meeting with the deadline to provide new district boundaries to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Dec. 15. 

The redistricting process is required by law and takes place every decade following the release of census population data, to redraw boundaries for City Council districts. Since the 2010 census, the city’s population has increased to 276,060.

The effort is led by a 7-person redistricting commission, whose members must live in and be registered to vote in the City of Chula Vista. This body is tasked with conducting a public process to recommend revisions to district boundaries with any adjustments used in future elections, beginning in 2022.

Chula Vista voters approved amending the City Charter in 2012 to require that councilmembers be elected by geographic district, beginning with the 2016 election with the mayor and city attorney elected at-large. A districting commission was formed in 2014 to develop a map that established the new districts, unanimously approved in July 2015. 

Residents are invited to join the meetings online or in person. All meetings will be held in City Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue, streamed live and broadcast on AT&T U-verse channel 99 (throughout the County), or locally on Cox Cable channel 24. The meetings are also archived.

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