Transitioning to District-Based Elections

About Cosumnes CSD

The Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) is an independent special district under the Community Services District Law and is governed by an independently elected five-member Board of Directors. 

Special districts are local government agencies that provide specific essential services. The Cosumnes CSD provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the cities of Elk Grove and Galt, as well as unincorporated areas of south Sacramento County, and parks and recreation services within the city of Elk Grove. 

Background

Over the past year, Cosumnes CSD has explored the option to change to a district-based electoral system for selecting Directors of the Board. 

The District Board is currently elected through “at-large” elections. This means that residents vote for all candidates running for a Board seat, and the elected Directors represent the entire District versus a defined geographic area.

Transition Timeline

On January 17, 2018, the Board directed staff to prepare a report on the procedure, and the pros and cons, for converting Board elections from its current method of at-large to by- or from-division elections. This direction was subsequent to a public comment made at the Board’s November 15, 2017 meeting requesting the Board consider switching to division elections.

On March 21, 2018 the Board received a staff report which outlined different options for electing Directors to the Board. After discussion, the Board decided to wait for a voter-sponsored initiative to be submitted to the Board requesting a change in the method of election.

On December 19, 2018 the Board received and filed a report regarding different options for electing Directors and directed staff to schedule further discussion at a future Board meeting.

On February 20, 2019 the Board approved a resolution to begin the transition from at-large to by-district elections, commencing with the November 2020 election.

On June 5, 2019 the Board held the first Public Hearing to receive input from the community regarding the creation of a district-based election system. Demographer Paul Mitchell from Redistricting Partners gave a presentation regarding the districting process. 

On June 19, 2019 the Board held the second Public Hearing to receive input from the community regarding the creation of a district-based election system. Demographer Jacob Thompson-Fisher from Redistricting Partners gave a presentation regarding the districting process. 

On July 3, 2019 the Board reviewed three proposed voting maps and designated the odd numbered districts in each of the maps to be up for election in 2020.

The next Public Hearings are scheduled for August 7, 2019 and August 21, 2019.

Draft Maps

Public Hearings to discuss draft maps will be held on August 7, 2019 and August 21, 2019.  In accordance with Elections Code 10010(a) the draft maps and proposed voting districts up for election in 2020 must be published at least seven days prior to the first Public Hearing.

The following three (3) Draft Maps will be considered by the Board at the August Public Hearings.

PDF Maps

The PDF Maps include demographic profiles for each voting district.

Interactive Map

Follow the Instructions below on how to use the Interactive Maps.

1. The interactive map below is defaulted to show all six (6) Draft Plan Maps.
2. CLICK the control icon on the left side of the map to open the Menu of Draft Maps.
3. Select the check boxes to view the Draft Maps. 

Public Hearings

The following is a list of scheduled Public Hearings. All Public Hearings are located at the Cosumnes CSD Board Chambers at 8820 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624, 6:30 pm.

  • Public Hearing #1: June 5, 2019
  • Public Hearing #2: June 19, 2019
  • Public Hearing #3: August 7, 2019
  • Public Hearing #4: August 21, 2019

Public Input

These public hearings will be an opportunity to provide input and listen to what other members of the community are suggesting. If you are unable to attend a scheduled Public Hearing, you are welcome to provide input via email (clerkoftheboard@yourcsd.com). Your comments will be collected by the Clerk to the Board and shared with the Board at the upcoming Public Hearings.