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 PUBLIC HEARINGS


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  • Dates of public hearings – adoption of draft map and sequencing of elections - Feb. 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Recordings and presentations from prior public hearings
  • Other ways to participate

hearing DATES 


What do you think about Draft Map A? This is the draft map the Board of Trustees is considering to divide the Foothill-De Anza Community College District into five smaller areas of roughly equal size from which voters will elect members of the board. Trustees need input from the members of the community they near a decision point for adopting a final map at the Feb. 14 board meeting.

All public hearings associated with the move to trustee area elections are scheduled for 7 p.m. at regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Trustees. The board has resumed meeting in person in the Board Room in the new District Office Building at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA. District Offices are located on parking Lot 7 at college. See map (PDF).
Meeting information on how to participate is posted the Thursday before the board meeting on the district's BoardDocs website. On BoardDocs, look for the "Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees" to find the agenda, participation information, and instructions for how to address the board.

Sept. 13, 2021 – Hearing to gather community input and identify communities of interest 
Oct. 4, 2021 – Hearing to gather community input and identify communities of interest
Dec. 13, 2021 – Hearing on the draft maps and sequence of elections
Jan. 10, 2022 – Hearing on the draft maps and sequence of elections
Feb. 14, 2022 – Approval of a map of trustee areas and the sequencing of elections

MEETING RECORDINGS & PRESENTATIONS

Jan. 10, 2022 - BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
Second public hearing on districting and draft maps

After a short presentation by Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners, the Board of Trustees received comment from the public and discussed the two draft maps that were under consideration, Drafts Maps A and C. The board subsequently voted 4-1 to move Draft Map A forward for possible adoption at its Feb. 14 meeting. Trustees welcome further comment from the public on this topic as it will determine how trustees are elected for the next decade. The board also welcomes comments on the sequencing of elections to determine which two trustee areas should hold elections in 2022. The remaining three areas would hold their first elections in 2024.

Power point presentation (PDF)

Public hearing video recording

Dec. 13, 2021 – BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING 
First public hearing on districting and draft maps

Paul Mitchel of Redistricting Partners presents on overview of factors his firm considered in drawing draft maps to divide the district into five trustee areas of roughly equal population size. He described the guiding principles behind each map and answered questions about the maps, including why some cities are divided. The Board of Trustees voted 4-1 to move forward with consideration of Draft Maps A and C.

PowerPoint presentation(PDF)

Pubic hearing video recording
Key topics with time stamps:  0:01 Overview by the board president ... 1:40 consultant introduced ... 2:25 role of "communities of interest" (COI) in creating draft maps ... 5:16 from COIs to draft maps ... 6:59 criteria for drawing maps ... 7:52 overview of the district and its populations  ... 9:12 Draft Map A ... 13:06 Draft Map B ... 15:53 Draft Map C ...17:03 Maps available for review on the district website ... 17:39 Public comments ... 20:06 Trustees' comments and questions for consultant, including the role of race and why some cities cannot be kept whole ... 42:57 Board's next steps and trustees' map preferences .... 48:48 board considers moving two maps forward and votes.

 
Oct. 4, 2021 – BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING 
Public hearing on districting and communities of interest

Redistricting Partners' Sophia Garcia provides an overview of the "districting" process and what it means to be a community of interest. Following public comment, members of the Board of Trustees have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. 

PowerPoint presentation  (PDF)

Public hearing video recording 


Sept. 13, 2021 – BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING 

Public hearing on districting and communities of interest

Elizabeth Stitt of Redistricting Partners provides an overview of the "districting" process and delves into what it means to be a community of interest. Following public comment, members of the Board of Trustees have an opportunity to make comments and ask questions. 

Public hearing recording – Sept. 13, 2021
Key topics with time stamps:  00:05 Overview of Foothill-De Anza's "districting" plan by the board president ... 04:12 consultant's overview of the districting process and principles ...12:28 consultant's explanation of "communities of interest" ... 19:44 consultant's description of DistrictR mapping tool ... 24:47 consultant's demonstration of mapping tool ... 33:39 public comment ... 36:20 trustee comments and questions

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

March 8, 2021 – Board of Trustees Meeting
Public hearing on transition to trustee area elections 

In Part 1, Paul Mitchell gives an overview of the process and considerations in transitioning to trustee area elections. Mr Mitchell is owner of Redistricting Partners, a consulting firm that is assisting the district with the process of moving to trustee area elections. In Part 2, he answers trustees' questions.

Part I of the recording - Paul Mitchell gives an overview of the process 
Part 2 of the recording - Mr. Mitchell answers board members' questions about the process 

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)
Presented by Redistricting Partners' Paul Mitchell at March 8, 2021, Board of Trustees meeting.

Other ways to participate


In addition to attending public meetings, there are other ways to participate in the process of moving to trustee area elections: