Trustee Area Redistricting

Mendocino-Lake Community College District (MLCCD) is currently conducting its decennial redistricting of the seven trustee area boundaries in accordance with the demographic results from the 2020 U.S. Census. The District invites input and support for the adjustments of these trustee area boundaries from community members.

Public input can be shared at the following scheduled meetings:

  • October 25, 2021: North County Center, Willits, Room 8000: 5-7pm
  • October 28, 2021: Lake County Center, Lakeport, Room 7050: 5-7pm
  • November 2, 2021: Mendocino College, Ukiah, Room 1060: 5-7pm
  • November 3, 2021: Coast Center, Fort Bragg, The Commons: 5-7pm

To join the meetings remotely via Zoom: https://mendocino-edu.zoom.us/j/98399026688 

Members of the public may also mail feedback to:

Mendocino College
Office of the President
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482

District Map (Lake County)
District Map (Mendocino County)

Background
 

California Community College District governing boards are subject to the federal Voting Rights Act and the one person, one vote principle of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Voting Rights Act prohibits electoral systems that deny or abridge the voting rights of protected racial and language minority groups. The one person, once vote principle requires that governing board member districts be as equal in population as possible and that election systems that are at-large meet the one person, one vote test. In the MLCCD, the trustees are required to be residents of a particular trustee areas and their districts must meet the requirements of the Voting Rights Act.

This redistricting is required under California Education Code 5019.5 (a), which reads, in part, "Following each decennial federal census, and using population figures as validated by the Population Research Unit of the Department of Finance as a basis, the governing board of each school district or community college district in which trustee areas have been established, and in which each trustee is elected by the residents of the area he or she represents, shall adjust the boundaries of any or all of the trustee areas of the district…"

This section requires school agencies that are divided into trustee areas (by which individual trustees are elected by the registered voters within that area) to adjust the boundaries of those trustee areas consistent with the results of the most recent census. Boundaries need to be adjusted to satisfy at least one of the following conditions:

a) The population of each area is, as nearly may be, the same proportion of the total population of the district as the ratio that the number of governing board members elected from the area bears to the total number of members of the governing board. For example, if a district has five trustees and elects one trustee from each of five trustee areas, each district should have approximately one-fifth of the total population in each trustee area; or

b) The population of each area is, as nearly as may be, the same proportion of the total population of the district as each of the other areas. The general guideline is that the largest trustee area should be no more than 10% more populous than the smallest trustee area in the district, although districts should, to the greatest extent practicable, try to make the trustee areas as close in size by population as possible.

Redistricting criteria:

  • Relatively equal size - residents
  • Contiguous –districts should not hop/jump
  • Maintain “communities of interest”
  • Follow city/county/local government lines
  • Keep districts compact –appearance/function

Redistricting Process: Key Dates

  • September, 2021: Census Bureau to release redistricting data
  • October/November 2021: 4 public feedback sessions (not legally required)
  • December 2021: Mendocino County GIS staff completes draft map
  • January 2022: First read of redistricting map
  • February 2022: Approval (Second Reading) of redistricting map
  • February 28, 2022: deadline for completion of redistricting process. (Educ. Code § 5019.5)
  • November 2022: First Election of MLCCD Board of trustee under newly adopted trustee areas.