THE BOARD HAS Adopted A FINAL TRUSTEE AREA ELECTION MAP
The first trustee area elections will be held in November 2022
UPDATE (Feb. 15, 2022) – After a public hearing on Feb. 14, 2022, the board voted 4-1 to approve the transition from at-large to by-trustee area elections starting in 2022 and adopted Draft Map A to establish trustee area election boundaries. The board voted 4-1 to phase in, or sequence, the new election system so that trustee areas 2 and 4 on the adopted map (links below) will hold the first area elections in November 2022, and the other three trustee areas will hold elections in 2024. All current trustees who were elected at-large to terms expiring in 2024 are eligible to serve out their terms. Trustees whose terms expire in 2022 may seek re-election in trustee areas C or E if they live in those areas.
SEQUENCE OF ELECTIONS: The five trustee areas are numbered. Even-numbered areas (2 and 4) will elect for the first time in 2022, and odd-numbered areas (1, 3 and 5) will elect for the first time in 2024.
UPDATE (Jan. 11, 2022) – After a public hearing on Jan. 10, 2022, the Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to move forward with Draft Map A for possible adoption at its Feb. 14 meeting. The map divides the district into five trustee areas of roughly equal population size, and voters would elect one trustee from each area to serve on the board. While acknowledging that both Draft Map A and Draft Map C would be acceptable, a majority of trustees said they preferred Draft Map A because it aligns more closely with city boundaries, with which most residents identify. The board requests public comment about Draft Map A and the sequencing of elections to determine which two trustee areas should hold elections in 2022 and which three in 2024.
UPDATE (Dec. 13) – After a public hearing on Dec. 13, 2021, the Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to narrow its consideration to Draft Map A and Draft Map C at its next public hearing on Jan. 10, 2022. Draft Map A follows city boundaries as much as possible and Draft Map C follows school boundaries as much as possible to create five trustee areas of roughly equal population size. The board is asking the public to comment on the two draft maps to help inform the final selection of a trustee area election map.
Video recordings of public hearings: In the video recordings of the Jan. 10, 2022, and Dec. 13, 2021, public hearings, Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners explains the rationale for the draft maps and answers questions, including why some cities are divided. Trustees also explain their preferences for various maps before voting to narrow the number of maps under consideration. You can find a key to the topics addressed in each video recording, with time stamps, on the Public Hearings section of this website.
Three Draft Maps
Below are links to different depictions of three draft maps prepared by consultant Redistricting Partners. Draft Maps A, B and C show potential boundary lines for establishing five trustee areas for electing governing board members. Under the new election system, voters in each of the five trustee areas will elect a resident from their area to serve on the Board of Trustees. Transitioning to trustee area elections begins with the November 2022 elections.
Using the links below, you may view several versions of each draft map. Besides the base version of each draft map, there are versions with overlays showing city boundaries, elementary school district boundaries, high school district boundaries (PAUSD, MVLA, and FUHSD) and unified school district boundaries (Palo Alto and Santa Clara). There is also an interactive version of each map that allows users to see to street level on the base map.
Maps submitted by members of the public through the DistrictR mapping tool may be viewed using this link.
Following public hearings in December and January on draft maps, the Board of Trustees
will consider possible adoption of Draft Map A at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2022. More information about how to comment on the map and the sequencing of elections is
available on the Public Hearings section of this website.
Courts have affirmed that certain factors should be considered in drawing electoral maps. These include having electoral districts that are of relatively equal population size based on the 2020 U.S. Census (plus or minus 10% deviation); that are contiguous; that maintain “communities of interest” so people of like interests are brought together for representation; that are as consistent as possible with city, county and local government boundary lines; and that are compact.
Draft Map A (no overlay) – PDF (7 pages, includes population data)
Draft Map A follows city boundaries and seeks to keep cities as whole as possible to create five trustee areas of roughly equal population size.
Draft Map B (no overlay) – PDF (7 pages, includes population data)
Draft Map B follows boundaries for both cities and schools as much as possible to create five trustee areas of roughly equal population size.
Draft Map C (no overlay) – PDF (7 pages, includes population data)
Draft Map C prioritizes school boundaries, with city boundaries as the second priority, to create five trustee areas of roughly equal population size.
Visual of Draft Map A (use PDFs above to see more detail)
Visual of Draft Map B (use PDFs above to see more detail)
Visual of Draft Map C (use PDFs above to see more detail)