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DSRSD Transitioning from At-Large to Area-Based Elections
Contact: Lea Blevins, 925-875-2294 (office), 925-557-016 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
DUBLIN (Jan. 29, 2019)—The Dublin San Ramon Services District is transitioning from an at-large election system to an area-based election system, as part of the California Voting Rights Act.
At its Jan. 15 meeting, the DSRSD Board of Directors adopted a resolution of intent to transition to an area-based election system, also known as division-based elections. Currently, all five members of the DSRSD Board of Directors are elected by constituents from the District’s entire service area. Under area-based elections, DSRSD will be divided into five separate election areas, and voters residing in each individual area will choose one representative from that area to serve on the Board.
Why DSRSD is Transitioning
The California Voting Rights Act was designed to encourage more citizens to run for office by making election participation more accessible. With area-based elections, candidates will be elected by those in their own voting area, which may also reduce their costs by decreasing the size of an area in which a candidate campaigns.
How to Participate
The District will hold public hearings to give the community an opportunity to participate in the process of determining the five election areas. At the first two meetings, the Board will hear from members of the public about where they think election area boundaries should be drawn. Public comment is welcome on such things as whether to take into account boundaries for cities or other governmental entities within the district, geographic features such as roads or hills, and communities of interest, such as neighborhoods, common assets like schools and shopping areas, housing, culture and language, and employment. The places and times for the first two meetings are as follows:
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Alcosta Senior & Community Center, Garden View Room
9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
The Wave, Community Room
4201 Central Parkway, Dublin
Follow-up meetings are scheduled for the public to give input on draft election area maps and proposed sequence of elections:
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
Dougherty Station Community Center, Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin
Supplemental documents (Google map of DSRSD geographic units, DSRSD baseline maps, FAQ and DSRSD Community of Interest Submission Packet, and DSRSD demographics) are available on the District website at www.dsrsd.com/about-us/area-based-elections. Questions may be directed to email@example.com or Lea Blevins at 925-875-2294.
Founded in 1953, DSRSD serves 186,000 people, providing potable and recycled water service to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon, wastewater collection and treatment to Dublin and south San Ramon, and wastewater treatment to Pleasanton (by contract). DSRSD also operates the Jeffrey G. Hansen Water Recycling Plant and the backbone recycled water distribution system on behalf of the San Ramon Valley Recycled Water Program. The District office is located at 7051 Dublin Blvd., Dublin CA, 94568. For more information about the District, visit www.dsrsd.com.
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