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Jurupa Valley choosing election district boundaries

By in Press Enterprise on July 7, 2017

By Imran Ghori

Jurupa Valley is choosing between two possible maps for council seat boundaries as it moves forward with elections by district instead of at-large.

A demographer hired by the city presented the two options before the City Council Thursday, July 6.

Each proposal would divide the city of about 95,000 residents into five districts of about 19,000. One map takes a more horizontal approach with one of the districts taking up most of the northern part of the city. The other choice takes a vertical approach with districts covering north-south regions.

Council members didn’t express a preference for either but some residents who spoke at the hearing said they preferred the second one.

The council is scheduled to hold another hearing and choose a plan at its July 20 meeting.

If approved, the city would begin the transition in November 2018 when three council seats up for election will be voted on by district. The remaining two council seats would be chosen by district in November 2020.

Jurupa Valley has elected representatives through city-wide elections since it formed in 2011.

But in recent years, a number of Inland cities have switched to district elections because of the California Voting Rights Act, a 2002 law passed to ensure minority voters are fairly represented in elections.

Corona voters last year approved a measure creating council districts starting in 2108. Hemet and Eastvale made the switch last year.

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