Speak up at County Redistricting Meeting Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021

The Citizen's Independent Redistricting Commission will meet Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 6pm. The maps have all been submitted, and the Commission will choose three to five maps to move forward. Be heard!
 
The public hearing will be held in-person at the Betteravia Government Administration Building in Santa Maria (511 East Lakeside Parkway), and will be accessible via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, use this link: https://zoom.us/j/96627818457 or call in to (669) 900-6833 or (346) 248-7799, ID: 966 2781 8457.
  
SBCAN supports the "United Communities Map," and we urge you to speak in favor of the map at the hearing. This map will make the voices of Latinx communities stronger, uplift climate resilience issues around wildfires and debris flows, and center the needs of renters and working class communities. 

SBCAN appreciates the support of county supervisors on many of the issues we have spoken up about. Nonetheless, we support having districts that are majority-minority and have been working with CAUSE to propose new district lines.

Below is more information about the "United Communities" Map and reasons for the boundary changes.

Speak up for "United Communities" in Santa Barbara County!

We are currently in the redistricting process that happens every 10 years and for the first time our county has an independent redistricting commission that is responsible for picking our new county supervisor maps. This is an opportunity to bring together communities of color. This also influences who will be elected to our County Board of Supervisors, the elected officials who make decisions about housing, immigrant rights, environment, criminal justice reform and so many other issues that impact our community!

Come speak in favor of our “United Communities” Map! A collective of organizations across the county worked together over the last four months to create a map that leads with racial and economic justice values! Help make sure this map is selected in the top five and beyond.

Nov. 3, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Betteravia Hearing Room, 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, CA
Also available via zoom

For talking points: [email protected] or call (805) 825-6975
More information about the process and future hearings here

Core Characteristics of the United Communities Map

  • We bring together our Latinx communities by uniting Guadalupe with Santa Maria’s farmworker and working class neighborhoods in the 5th District
  • This map creates a 1st District that is intended to amplify a voice for climate resilience issues around wildfires and debris flows and communities concerned with conservation by bringing together the foothills of South County. It also concentrates North County environmental justice communities in the 5th District, with communities impacted by oil refineries, agricultural pesticides and runoff, heavy duty trucking, the ongoing cleanup and restoration of the Guadalupe Dunes, and climate justice issues related to farmworkers and
  • Every district touches the coast, creating a county Board of Supervisors that will prioritize coastal issues
  • Most importantly this map truly honors “communities of interest” by uniting communities that share things in common, creating ideal districts that ensure quality representation from their respective county supervisor!

Interactive Map: Visit this interactive map to zoom in and see details of map

“United Communities” Map

D1: Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, foothills of Santa Barbara and Goleta, and Santa Ynez Valley. Communities with high share of middle-upper class white homeowners, mix of tourism and boutique agriculture. Strong environmental voice especially on wildfire/debris flow issues and development concerns.

D2: Flatlands of Santa Barbara/Noleta. Most urbanized part of the county, working-class flatlands of South County, majority renters and high share of public transit users. Strong voice on urban issues like housing/transportation and economic justice issues.

D3: Lompoc, Isla Vista, and Old Town Goleta. Cross North/South County swing district, but with shared commonalities between low-income and majority renter historically underrepresented communities, most racially diverse district with largest Black and AAPI populations and majority people of color overall. Strong voice on racial and economic justice.

D4: Orcutt, Vandenberg, Mission Hills, Cuyama, Los Alamos, and whiter/conservative parts of Santa Maria and Lompoc. Rural communities and agriculture, with high share of homeowners and military middle-class. Voice of conservative North County for small government and low taxes.

D5: Guadalupe and Latino majority of Santa Maria, includes Tanglewood and Casmalia. Concentration of working-class and immigrant farmworker neighborhoods, majority renter, supermajority Latino, most historically underrepresented communities in county. Voice of Latino majority of North County for immigrant and farmworker rights.


 

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