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District Elections

District Boundary Map

Beginning with the November 2015 City election, the City will be conducting district elections for the members of the City Council. The Mayor will still be at-large. On March 30, 2015, the City Council adopted a final district boundary plan. Following are four maps to show the newly adopted district boundaries:

Following are the details of the settlement agreement between the City and the plaintiffs of the district election lawsuit:

Public Input

The City engaged in a public input process to gain insight on district boundaries.  The process included four public meetings, that were held on February 28, March 18, March 24, and March 30, and a public input website that provided individuals an opportunity to go online to consider various example district maps developed by a demographics consultant, and/or to propose alternate district maps that best reflect the public interest. 

The City’s consultant, National Demographics Corporation (NDC), had drawn 3 draft plan maps initially to begin the public discussion. 

The City received 17 maps from members of the public, as well as extensive public comment.  Below are the maps that were submitted by the public and the public comment received:

Public Comment received as of March 17, 2015

Public Comment received between March 18 - 24, 2015

During the public input process, the revised Draft Plan 3 had proven to be the most popular choice, and along with input from the plaintiffs and the public, NDC drafted three plans for the City Council to consider on March 30: 

Following is a list of the workshops and meetings that were held, and links to the meeting videos and presentations that were made:

Date * Milestone Description

February 28
Faulkner Gallery, Main Library
9:00 a.m.

Community Workshop #1

View the Video

Introduce members of the public to the issue of district elections, the input process, and how they can use available input tools and opportunities. Members of the public will also be able to provide comment.

PowerPoint Presentation - Process of Online Tool

February 28 through
March 13

Public Input Period

Public may provide input online or to the City Clerk’s Office.

March 18
Council Chamber, City Hall
6:00 p.m.

Community Workshop #2

View the Video

Introduce the results and conclusions gathered through public input. Members of the public will also be able to provide additional comment.

PowerPoint Presentation by Doug Johnson, National Demographics Corporation

March 24
Council Chamber, City Hall
:00 p.m.

Council Meeting

View the Video

Council to consider district boundaries and other district election matters.

Summary Report on Public Input - March 23, 2015

March 30
Council Chamber, City Hall
:00 p.m.

Special Council Meeting

View the Video

Council to consider district boundaries and other district election matters.


Council Consideration of District Elections

Since the Spring of 2014, the City Council has been actively considering the merits of proposing district elections to the voters of the City of Santa Barbara.  Please click on the links below to read the Council Agenda Reports related to this issue:

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016
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