Existing law requires the board of supervisors of each county, following each decennial federal census, and using that census as a basis, to adjust the boundaries of any or all of the supervisorial districts of the county so that the districts are as nearly equal in population as possible and comply with applicable federal law, and specifies the procedures the board of supervisors must follow in adjusting those boundaries. Existing law establishes redistricting commissions in certain counties, and charges them with adjusting the supervisorial district boundaries for those counties.
This bill would establish the Citizens Redistricting Commission in the County of San Luis Obispo, which would be charged with adjusting the boundary lines of the districts of the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Luis Obispo in accordance with specified criteria. The commission would consist of 11 members who meet specified qualifications. The bill would require each commission member to attend all public hearings and meetings of the commission to the greatest extent practicable, and would create specified procedures by which the commission may remove a member for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct of office, inability to discharge the duties of the office, or if it is later discovered that the commission member did not meet the required qualifications at the time of appointment or no longer meets those qualifications while serving on the commission. The bill would provide that if the commission is unable to act because it does not have 7 voting members to constitute a quorum, then the county elections official must fill the vacancies to bring the commission to 7 voting members, as specified. By increasing the duties on local officials, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of San Luis Obispo.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.