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Remember to vote YES on Measure F, we need 66% of the vote to save this land forever.
General Plan Update
Watch for a special email about the higher density, impacted wetlands and other major impacts of this proposed plan and what you can do about it.
Coming to you this weekend!
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The New Martinez District Map: An Interesting Twist on Local Politics
Several articles over the past year have provided updates on the redistricting process. I'm happy to report that the independent redistricting commission has completed their task and the City of Martinez now has new voting Districts! Learn more about the selected map here: https://redefinemartinez.org/RedefineMartinez.org/selected-map
The final map was selected by the independent commission after the submittal of 30 draft maps from members of the public using the online mapping tool DistrictR. Loaded with the 2020 census data, the mapping tool allows the user to draw various iterations of potential district boundaries while comparing the resulting demographics to ensure they are within an allowed deviation (which, as it turns out, is a task that requires some learned skill!).
The Independent Redistricting Commission approved Resolution No. 039-22 IRC on March 14, selecting Draft Map A3 as the final map; the City Council ministerially adopted the map on April 6.
Take a look at the old and new maps. In general, Highway 4 is the identifiable boundary for all of the districts, and the majority of the districts are retained except for the portions that were located downtown. District 2 (represented by Mark Ross) is still predominantly in the north central area of the city. District 3 (represented by me) is still mostly located in the southeast area of the city. District 4 (represented by Debbie McKillop) is still mostly in the southwest of the city. District 1 (represented by Lara Delaney) is now strictly in the downtown/waterfront area.
The most interesting part about this new map is not the map itself…but how it affects the election schedule for sitting and potential Council candidates. So what are the implications of this new map? The November 2022 election will be consistent with the every-four-years election schedule from years past: for the Mayor and Districts 1 and 4. The Mayor’s election will not be affected by redistricting, as that position is still city-wide. (Mayor Rob Schroder, did, however, announce that he will not be running for Mayor this year so that WILL affect the mayor’s election!). The Council elections, on the other hand, are significantly affected because 3 of the 4 councilmembers (and the Mayor, too, for that matter) live in District 1!
Politics aside, the current situation is akin to a game of musical chairs (without the terrible music and without a prize for the winner so that turns out to be a bad analogy). There are four chairs to sit in (one for each district). Each Councilmember can fulfill their 4-year term. However, for those Councilmembers who are currently representing a District in which they no longer live, they cannot run for that seat when the term is up. If any of the Councilmembers choose to run this year for the District in which they do live, and they win their election, they get to “change seats” and their current seat becomes vacant. My understanding is that if a seat becomes vacant, it will be filled by an appointment by the sitting City Council.
We won’t know for sure who is running for which seat this year until the nomination period in July/August when folks submit their intention to run formally. But from this newbie-turned-encumbent, I see this as a great opportunity for new faces in local Martinez politics.
Isn’t that interesting.
Brianne Zorn Martinez City Councilmember
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