Central San is transitioning from an at-large election system to an area-based election system. Under the current at-large election system, all five members of the Board of Directors are chosen by constituents from the District’s entire service area. Under area-based elections, the District will be divided into five separate election areas—called “divisions”—and voters residing in each area will select one representative to serve on the Board.
Why is Central San making this change?
Central San received a certified letter from a Malibu-based law firm on July 13, 2020, asserting that the District’s at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act. The letter did not provide any evidence of a violation. Still, Central San takes the assertions in the letter very seriously and is taking appropriate action. The letter threatens litigation if the District does not adopt a by-division election system.
Central San is not alone; many cities, school districts, and special districts have received similar letters in recent years. Based on similar cases in other jurisdictions, litigation over this issue is usually very expensive, over $1,000,000 and sometimes more. To avoid this significant cost to ratepayers, the Board has adopted a resolution declaring our intent to transition to area-based elections.
Central San invites all residents of the District to provide input on the options under consideration. Please see below for information on upcoming meetings and how you can participate.
If you have questions or for more information, contact the Secretary of the District at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 229-7303.