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Palmdale Water District Redistricting Process Frequently Asked Questions

What is redistricting?
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. In the Palmdale Water District, the Board of Directors is responsible for drawing board member districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which was released in August, 2021. For the Palmdale Water District, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.

Why does redistricting matter to me?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member.

The Board of Directors will seek input in selecting the next district map for our board members. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Directors how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

You can contact Adam Ly, Assistant General Manager, at aly@palmdalewater.org or 661-456-1062 to find out more about how the process works.

What do the existing board member districts look like?
You can find a map of the District’s current board member districts here.

What criteria will our Board of Directors use when drawing district lines?
To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts, (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in
a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

How will our Board of Directors notify the public about redistricting?
The Board of Directors will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public workshop and public input hearings will be provided in applicable languages (e.g., Spanish) if residents submit a request in advance. The Board of Directors will notify the public about the redistricting public workshop and public input hearings, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

How can I get involved?
The Board of Directors will be holding a public workshop and public input hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. The public workshop and public input hearings will be held on:

Pre-Draft Map Public HearingJanuary 10, 2021 @ 6pm
Public WorkshopJanuary 27, 2022 @ 5pm
Draft Map Adoption/Pre-Final Map Public HearingFebruary 14, 2022 @ 6pm
Final Map Public Hearing/Final Map AdoptionMarch 28, 2022 @ 6pm

The public workshop and all public input hearings will be held virtually online or at the District offices located at:

Palmdale Water District
2029 E Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93550

You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing aly@palmdalewater.org or completing the Redistricting Process Public Comment Form.

Where can I find out more?
The Palmdale Water District maintains a webpage on the redistricting process here.

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