San Ramon City Council to review first round of maps for district elections

Plus: Municipal service fees, 2020 census update, special budget workshop

San Ramon residents will have their next opportunity to discuss their city’s transition to district-based elections at the City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday evening, when council members will review the first round of maps that will be used to guide the process.

Created by city-contracted demographers, four draft maps have been published for public consideration -- each dividing the city into four distinct geographical districts, one for each sitting council member.

Demographers have created the four maps -- named Plan Blue, Plan Purple, Plan Red and Plan Green -- with the intent of creating districts that contain “communities of interest,” or areas that share similar concerns, issues and have similarly sized populations.

Each map has been drawn so sitting council members will not face off against one another in the upcoming 2020 election.

Other alternative maps have been submitted by the public through the city’s website, where residents can view each map and learn more about the city’s transition to district based elections from its previous system of at-large voting.

All population and demographic data used for the maps were gathered using information from the 2010 census, and regardless of whichever map the city selects, districts will most likely need to be redrawn once more up-to-date information is collected from the 2020 census.

After Tuesday’s meeting, the city’s demographer will draft district map boundary alternatives for consideration at the council’s next meeting on the issues, which is currently scheduled for May 14.

The San Ramon City Council will meet to discuss district elections, maps and other issues, at its regular meeting Tuesday 7 p.m., in the City Hall council chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* A routine review conducted by city staff every year, the council will discuss establishing and/or changing fees and charges for various municipal services for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

City officials will review San Ramon’s business licensing fee, affordable housing fee, picnic rental fee, field rental fee and special event lifeguard fee, to name a few.

If approved, all fee changes will go into effect beginning July 1.

* On an issue also relevant to the city’s discussion on district elections, Aparna Madireddi, District II appointee for the Census 2020 Steering Committee, will give an update on Contra Costa County’s efforts toward educating and preparing the community for the upcoming 2020 census.

* Council members will continue their review the city’s ordinance regulating the installation of small cell wireless facilities in San Ramon, and consider updating its policies in order to make sure they fall in line with Federal Communications Commission regulations.

* Recognizing the creative talent of their city’s younger residents, the council will honor the 14th Annual San Ramon Valley Street Smarts “Be Reel” Video Contest winners.

Every year, the "Be Reel!" contest encourages middle school-aged filmmakers to create a public safety announcement on a specific traffic safety related theme. This year, 124 students created 55 minute-long movie clips based off of the theme of “Let’s Ride!”

While all participating students have been recognized, this year’s overall winner was a team from Pine Valley Middle School consisting of Tyler Raymond, Joseph Sena and Charlie Turner. The trio won for their film “Bike Safety Explained.”

* During a special presentation, the council will applaud the efforts of its most recent group of San Ramon Government 101 graduates.

San Ramon Government 101 is a class built to enhance participants' level of understanding of local government and departmental functions and to encourage participation in the city's various committees and commissions.

This year’s graduating class includes: Ben Azcueta, Eugene Bucciarelli, Barbara Evans, Sheetal Gampawar, Stephanie Hitchcock, Michael Kitchens, Jean Kuznik, Sreenivasa Makineni, Jenna McCoy, Uday Oak, Nancy L. Powers, Scott Roberts, Tom Rockwell, Cliff Sanburn Jr., Jay Sisodiya, Janis Stevens, Elizabeth Strydom, Nan Vasan, Roger Waller, Susan Waller, Andrea Wood and Paul Yamshon.

* The council will hear a proclamation from parks and community services director Kathi Heimann recognizing National Library Week.

* The council will also consider an informational presentation on Contra Costa County Family Justice Centers by deputy district attorney Dana Filkowski and Family Justice Centers executive director Susun Kim.

* During a special meeting held prior to the start of the council’s regular one, council members will gather for a fiscal year 2019-20 budget workshop.

Council members will meet at 4 p.m., in the council chambers to review the city’s budgetary goals and current operating budget.

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