College of the Desert Redistricting Process

Redistricting Process

Ensuring Fair Representation

Every 10 years, Desert Community College District and other public agencies that elect their officers by geographical areas are required to review the boundaries of those districts and determine whether they need to be adjusted to incorporate new population data from the most recent U.S. Census.

The process, known as redistricting, ensures the districts are as nearly equal in population as possible. In some cases, the population remains balanced, and no map update is necessary. But if the local population has grown or shifted significantly, a map update is required.

Redistricting is a public process that includes input from community meetings, a Citizen’s Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees. The District is legally required to complete the process and adopt new representation maps by March 1, 2022.

Any boundary adjustments would be effective starting with the November 8, 2022, District election, and would be used for trustee elections until the next Census.

Current Desert Community College
District Trustee Boundaries

Trustee Area Maps

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Action Plan for Redistricting

The Desert Community College District will review the 2020 Census demographic data, in consultation with a demographer and legal counsel, with the intent of changing the boundaries of trustee representation areas. To accomplish this task, the Board of Trustees and District staff will be taking a series of actions to insure transparent and comprehensive compliance by the mandated March 1, 2022 deadline. Below is a general timeline of the process.

Note: All dates are subject to change and contingent upon timely access to specific Riverside County Census data.

Legal Counsel BB&K 
Demographer Retained to provide an analysis of new district boundariesSeptember 30, 2021
Local Census data availableSeptember 30, 2021
(This date may change)
Website LaunchedOctober 8, 2021
Citizens’ Advisory Committee Selected: (Five members, one appointed by each board member)October 8, 2021
Demographer begins work: Meets with COD team — to review last redistricting effort. Discuss boundary concerns.October 15, 2021
First Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting Held: Organizational meetingOctober 22, 2021
Staff reviews scenario options from DemographersNovember 22, 2021
Demographer reviews tentative district map alternatives with citizens committee. Committee chooses three alternativesNovember 30, 2021
Combined Board Workshop/Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting to review three scenarios with DemographerDecember 17, 2021
Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting reviews updated scenarios incorporating changes from joint meetingJanuary 10, 2022
One public hearingJanuary 21, 2022
Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting (if needed) to review additional scenario changes from information discussed at public hearingJanuary 28, 2022
Citizens’ Advisory Committee narrows scenarios to two recommendations for boardFebruary 2, 2022
Board adopts resolution approving final plan and transmits to CountyFebruary 17, 2022

For questions about the redistricting process, please email Jessica Enders at jenders@collegeofthedesert.edu.

FAQs

Redistricting is a process that adjusts voting districts to ensure publicly elected boards accurately represent their constituents and respond to their population’s needs. Area boundaries are examined every 10 years after U.S. Census data is released.

Over time, the population of the area represented by a Trustee can change as some communities grow faster than others. Voting districts are reexamined to maintain the balance and ensure equal representation for all.

Draft maps will be posted for review in December 2021, followed by a public hearing on January 21, 2022, where comments on the draft maps will be heard prior to adoption of a final map by the Board of Trustees.

A five-member Citizens’ Advisory Committee will work with a demographer, District staff and legal counsel to develop the maps. Each member of the Board of Trustees appoints a representative to the Committee and those members will help identify potential concerns, review and provide feedback on proposed District maps, and select the final two map options to be presented to the Board of Trustees.

The Desert Community College District Board of Trustees will adopt a final redistricting plan on February 17, 2022. Any boundary adjustments would be effective starting with the November 8, 2022, District election The updated district maps would be used for Trustee elections until after the 2030 Census.

Redistricting Committee

Area 1

Augustin Arreola

Area 2

Joe Mota

Area 3

Kay Hazen

Area 4

Mike Gialdini

Area 5

Rafael Reyes

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas

October 22, 2021 – Agenda

Minutes