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August 14, 2015

Gavilan Board of Trustees schedules community meetings to present draft trustee area maps: Additional meeting added

Community invited to provide feedback


August 24 Presentation Draft Trustee Area Plans
(includes 3 maps created by consultant and 4th map proposed by LULAC / MALDEF)


UPDATE: August 14, 2015

An additional meeting has been scheduled for August 24, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Gavilan College Morgan Hill Site, Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center.

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Originally released July 16, 2015

WHO AND WHAT:
 
At their July meeting, the Board of Trustees of Gavilan College Board passed Resolution #996, authorizing the presentation of Draft Trustee Area Maps to the community for discussion.  The maps, which were created by consultants for the district, will be presented at a series of community meetings. 
 
At the meetings, Dr. Jeanne Gobalet will present three draft district maps depicting potential district configurations that meet the requirements of state and federal law. Community members will learn about the criteria used by the consultants to create the draft Trustee area maps, and provide feedback for the district about the community’s priorities and preferences. Dr. Gobalet, will receive the public’s input, consider revisions to the existing maps or the development of additional maps, and report her findings to the Board at a subsequent meeting. The community’s input will then be used to create final maps that will be presented to the board at two Public Forums.
 
WHEN and WHERE:
 
Three community meetings have been scheduled, one in each of the major communities served by the Gavilan Joint Community College District:
 
·      Morgan Hill, Wednesday, July 29 at 6pm
Room 10 – Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17060 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, 95037
 
·      Hollister, Saturday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Briggs Building
365 Fourth St, Hollister, 95023
 
·      Gilroy– Tuesday, August 4 at 6 pm
North Lounge, Student Center, Gilroy campus
5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy
 
 
BACKGROUND:
 
The District currently elects its governing Board members through “at-large” voting.  This means that all of the voters in the District can vote on any of the candidates on the ballot regardless of where the voter resides. The candidates, however, must reside within one of three trustee areas although they are voted upon by all of the voters in the district.  Since the founding of the district, three trustees have been from San Benito county, and two each from the communities from Gilroy and Morgan Hill.
 
At the April 2015 meeting meeting of the Gavilan College Board of Trustees, the board took action to amend Board Policy 2100 and to state its intention to transition to a system of by-trustee area elections in time for the Governing Board’s November 2016 election. The policy change will create seven distinct geographic districts, each represented by a single trustee, who is elected by the voters of that voting district rather than the entire college district.
 
In order to change to the by-trustee area election methodology, the Board through its attorneys has retained a demographer, Dr. Jeanne Gobalet of Lapkoff & Gobalet, Demographic Researchers Inc., who has prepared draft maps showing how trustee areas may be configured for purposes of implementing the by-trustee area election methodology.  Dr. Gobalet’s full “Demographer’s Report on Draft Trustee Area Plans, for Gavilan Community College District”, can be accessed at: http://gavilan.edu/board/agenda.php
 
The criteria for drawing the district maps include the constitutional and statutory requirements for one-person one-vote, demographic distribution, communities of interest. The reason for the change was explained in the cover sheet for the agenda item in the materials packet for the Board of Trustees:  “According to the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (Elections Code § 14025 et seq., the “Act”), if an at-large election methodology impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election that methodology can be challenged in court, and a public entity, such as the District, can be required to change to an election methodology where trustees are elected by only the voters of the area in which they reside.  By transitioning to the “by-trustee” area election methodology, the Board can preclude the significant financial consequences associated with CVRA litigation.”
 
Each map has a page summarizing the relevant demographic information.  The summary includes information regarding the total population of each of the proposed trustee areas contained in the draft map along with information as to the demographic make-up of that trustee area, the voting age population in each proposed area, and information regarding the estimated Citizen Voting Age Population (“CVAP”) for each proposed trustee area based on the most recent release of the American Community Survey (2009-2013). 
 
HOW:
The community meetings will be open to the public, and Spanish translation services will be provided. Community members needing an accommodation in order to participate in the meetings should call the Office of the President at 408-848-4724 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting they would like to attend.
 
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