Redistricting

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Following the census that occurs every ten years, Valley Water is required to update and adjust the boundaries of electoral districts to ensure the community is equally represented.

The District Act, in addition to Federal and State law, requires that boundaries of electoral districts must be adjusted before November 1 of the year following the year in which each decennial census is taken. Adjustment of electoral districts is usually accomplished through the completion of a redistricting study, to ensure that each modified district meets the one-person, one-vote test, and to ensure compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act. To assist with the completion of a redistricting study in an inclusive, transparent, and comprehensive manner, and in order to garner community input on redistricting, the Board of Directors established a Redistricting Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of seven community leaders from throughout Santa Clara County.

For more information on Valley Water's redistricting process, please contact Don Rocha, Deputy Administrative Officer at drocha@valleywater.org or (408) 630-2338.

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Redistricting Advisory Committee Members
District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

District 7

Swanee Edwards

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Emilie Gatfield

Political Consultant

Michael Kraus

Retiree, President of the Penitencia Neighborhood Association


Michael Gross

Director of Sustainability, Zanker Recycling


Howard Miller

Professor, West Valley College


Alfredo M. Morales

Principal Attorney, Morales & Leaños


Raven Malone

Systems Engineer



Following the census that occurs every ten years, Valley Water is required to update and adjust the boundaries of electoral districts to ensure the community is equally represented.

The District Act, in addition to Federal and State law, requires that boundaries of electoral districts must be adjusted before November 1 of the year following the year in which each decennial census is taken. Adjustment of electoral districts is usually accomplished through the completion of a redistricting study, to ensure that each modified district meets the one-person, one-vote test, and to ensure compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act. To assist with the completion of a redistricting study in an inclusive, transparent, and comprehensive manner, and in order to garner community input on redistricting, the Board of Directors established a Redistricting Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of seven community leaders from throughout Santa Clara County.

For more information on Valley Water's redistricting process, please contact Don Rocha, Deputy Administrative Officer at drocha@valleywater.org or (408) 630-2338.

Quick Links

Redistricting Advisory Committee Members
District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

District 5

District 6

District 7

Swanee Edwards

--

Emilie Gatfield

Political Consultant

Michael Kraus

Retiree, President of the Penitencia Neighborhood Association


Michael Gross

Director of Sustainability, Zanker Recycling


Howard Miller

Professor, West Valley College


Alfredo M. Morales

Principal Attorney, Morales & Leaños


Raven Malone

Systems Engineer



  • Redistricting Guidelines and Procedures

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    Guidelines for the Redistricting Advisory Committee

    In establishing the Committee, the Board of Directors adopted the following guidelines:

    1. Comply with all the applicable laws, including the avoidance of gerrymandering.
    2. Equalize the population count in each district within 5-7%.
    3. Minimize the dilution of votes and avoid the fragmentation or over-compaction of minority and disadvantaged communities.
    4. Maintain cohesive neighborhoods within electoral districts and, where possible, keep neighborhood associations within a single district.
    5. Avoid moving current elected Valley Water Board members out of their districts.
    6. To the extent possible, recognize the importance of parks, creeks and public facilities in districts.
    7. To the extent possible, provide income diversity within electoral districts.
    8. Strive to balance district interests with county-wide interests, but not at the expense or exclusion of individual districts.
    9. Ensure that minority and disadvantaged communities have opportunities to participate in the redistricting process, including specific opportunities for timely and meaningful comment.

    Redistricting Advisory Committee Operating Guidelines, Direction and Procedures

    The Board of Directors re-adopted guidelines, direction and procedures for the Committee from 2011. These guidelines, direction and procedures are to maximize public participation while ensuring an open, fair and transparent process. The adopted guidelines, direction and procedures for the Committee are as follows:

    1. The Committee shall follow all applicable Federal and State laws in addition to the criteria established by the Board of Directors for the redistricting process.
    2. The Committee, through its public discussions, shall provide the sole and only direction to Valley Water staff and supporting consultants for any and all changes to the redistricting maps under consideration by the Committee.
    3. The Committee shall consider all maps created by any member of the public through the public participation process.
    4. The Committee shall ensure that all meetings are open/accessible to the public.
    5. The Committee may establish subcommittees, as needed, for specific activities or goals. These meetings shall be open to the public.
    6. The Committee will be subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
    7. As a standing Committee meeting agenda item, the Committee members shall disclose any and all conversations with any parties, internal or external of the Valley Water District, including the name or names of the parties and the contents of communication, whether verbal or written, regarding Valley Water District redistricting.
    8. All emails, letters, phone calls and other official communications regarding redistricting will be documented and copies will be provided to the Committee as part of every agenda.
    9. No member of Valley Water staff or Board of Directors shall attempt to influence the Committee while the Committee is engaged in the process which will result in a map or maps being sent to the Valley Water Board of Directors for their consideration and deliberation.
  • Current District Boundaries

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    Maps by District:

    District 1
    District 2
    District 3
    District 4
    District 5
    District 6
    District 7

Page last updated: 25 August 2021, 14:14