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March 14th

March 14th

On March 14, 2022, the Monterey County Committee on School District Organization (“County Committee”) held a public hearing at the District Office in order to consider Pacific Grove Unified School District’s transition to by-trustee areas.  The County Committee approved Resolution 21-22-33, approving Pacific Grove Unified School District’s transition to by-trustee area elections, the sequencing of elections as requested by the School District, and the Teal map.   The County Committee’s resolution is available here
 
As a result of these actions, future Board elections commencing in November 2022 will be held by trustee-area, with the seats in trustee areas 1, 3, and 5 up for election at that time.   
March 3rd

March 3rd

At its Board meeting of March 3, 2022, the Pacific Grove Unified School District held a public hearing to adopt a trustee area map and sequence of elections.  The Board adopted Resolution No. 1085, approving the Teal map, and determining that the trustee areas 1, 3 and 5 would be up for election in 2022, while trustee areas 2 and 4 would be up for election in 2024.  Resolution No. 1085 can be found here.   The presentation slides shown at the March 3, 2022 board meeting can be found here as a powerpoint file. 
 
The adopted Teal map can be found here as a pdf or image below.
Districting Teal Map
February 22nd

February 22nd

On February 10, 2022, the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education held a public hearing regarding the content of the draft trustee area maps and proposed sequence of staggering the elections of trustees, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2).  The Board heard from the public as to their thoughts and questions about the draft maps.  The Board identified the Teal and Lupine maps as its tentative choices to consider moving forward.
 
Please find the link to the presentation from the February 10th, 2022, Public Hearing below.
 
 
The Board will hold a final map adoption hearing on March 3, 2022, to gather input form the community on the Teal and Lupine maps before selecting a map and sequence of elections to submit to the County Committee for consideration.
 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 
Public Hearing Before the Governing Board of the Pacific Grove Unified School District Pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, Subdivision (a)
 
The Pacific Grove Unified School District (“District”) Board of Education is currently elected using an “at-large” election system, where Board members are elected by voters of the entire District.  Trustees are elected in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms, such that the next election for three (3) trustees is scheduled for November 2022, with the remaining trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2024.  On April 22, 2021, the District Board adopted Resolution No. 1069, declaring its intent to transition to by-trustee area elections, where each Board member must reside within a designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area.
 
On August 19 and September 16, 2021, the District Board held two public hearings to receive input from the community on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).  On November 2, 2021, the District Board held an additional town hall meeting to allow members of the community to provide input and dialogue regarding what the Board should consider in creating trustee area boundary maps.  On January 20 and February 10, 2022, the District Board held two public hearings to receive community input on the draft trustee area boundary maps, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2), which are available above.  After reviewing each of the seven maps, the Board eliminated the Green, Orange, Silver, Monarch, and Cypress Maps from consideration. 
 
Notice is hereby given that the District Board will conduct another public hearing to receive community input on the two maps still in consideration (Teal and Lupine).  Following the public hearing, the Board will vote to select a preferred trustee area map and election sequencing, to be submitted to the Monterey County Committee on School District Organization for consideration.  The public hearing will occur as follows:
 
Date:               Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time:               6:30 p.m. (or at such point the Board reaches the item on the agenda)
Location:        Pacific Grove Unified School District Board Room
                        435 Hillcrest Ave.
                        Pacific Grove, CA 93950
 
In the interest of public health, this Public Hearing will take place both online and in person, zoom information below:
 
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Meeting ID: 846 0698 1145 Passcode: 168457
 
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If you are unable to attend the Public Hearing but still wish to address the Board, you may email your public comment in advance to: CVRA@pgusd.org. 
 
Should you have any questions regarding this notice, call the District Superintendent’s Office at (831) 646-6510.
 
February 3rd

February 3rd

Trustee Area Districting Maps (Updated with Monarch, Cypress, and Lupine Maps)

The following maps impact the areas from which voters will elect Board members, starting in November of 2022.  The Board encourages members of the public to comment on these proposed maps (either at our next public hearing, or by emailing CVRA@pgusd.org) to help determine the trustee areas that will be used in future elections.  Feel free to share any thoughts or comments on the maps for the demographer to consider when finalizing the boundary lines (e.g., which map you prefer, where particular lines should be drawn, what communities of interest should be kept intact, etc.). All of the maps (seven total) are already posted to the interactive mapping website, which is available here https://arcg.is/1j5C8K 

 

Below, please find the current maps created by the demographer.  They have been posted on the interactive mapping website.

 
January 21st

January 21st

On January 20, 2022, the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education held a public hearing regarding the content of the draft trustee area maps and proposed sequence of staggering the elections of trustees, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(2).  The Board heard from the public as to their thoughts and questions about the draft maps.

 

Please find the presentation from the the January 20th, 2022, Public Hearing below.

 

PGUSD CVRA Jan 20 Public Hearing Presentation

January 12th

January 12th

Trustee Area Districting Maps

 

The following maps impact the areas from which voters will elect Board members, starting in November of 2022.  The Board encourages members of the public to comment on these proposed maps (either at our next public hearing, or by emailing CVRA@pgusd.org) to help determine the trustee areas that will be used in future elections.  Feel free to share any thoughts or comments on the maps for the demographer to consider when finalizing the boundary lines (e.g., which map you prefer, where particular lines should be drawn, what communities of interest should be kept intact, etc.).

 

Public hearing Notice for Map Consideration Hearing


Below find the currrent maps made by the Demographer. They have also been posted on the interactive mapping website.


December 28, 2021

December 28, 2021

CVRA MAPPING TOOL AVAILABLE:
Dave’s Redistricting (DRA 2020) is a free web app used to create, view, analyze, and share redistricting maps, and is available for public use.  Below is a link to the mapping platform and instructions on how to find Pacific Grove’s map and operate the site.
 

DRA 2020

 

DRA 2020 Instructions

Please note that due to the volume of users on this site, maps that you wish to view may not be immediately accessible.  If there is a delay, please refresh the page or try the link again at a later time.
December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

At the November 2 Town Hall Meeting, the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board received input from members of the community on the trustee area map development process.  In order to facilitate continued communication between the public and the District’s demographer, we have developed the CVRA@pgusd.org email account for members of the Pacific Grove community to send additional input and suggestions as to what the demographer should consider when drafting boundary lines.  The account will be monitored regularly, and the feedback will be considered as the demographer creates draft trustee area maps, which will be made available for the public to review in January of 2022.
November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021

Background on the CVRA

 
The California Voting Rights Act, or CVRA, prohibits the use of election systems that impair the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election.  There is only one method of electing trustees that jurisdictions can use that protects the public agency from challenge under the CVRA: by-trustee area elections.  In a by-trustee area election, each trustee must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters residing in that particular trustee area.  
 
The Pacific Grove Unified School District’s Board of Education is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire school district.  Trustees are elected in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms.  The next election for three (3) trustees is scheduled for November 2022, with the remaining two trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2024.  On April 22, 2021, the Board adopted Resolution 1069, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area elections.  
 

Town Hall Meeting

 
Notice is hereby given that the Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education will hold a Town Hall meeting to allow members of the community to provide input and dialogue regarding what the Board should consider in creating trustee area boundary maps, as follows: 
 
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Pacific Grove Unified School District Board Room
435 Hillcrest Ave. 
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
 
In the interest of public health, this Town Hall discussion will take place both online and in person.  A link to the meeting can be found in advance at the Pacific Grove Unified School District webpage: Pacific Grove Unified School District - Board (pgusd.org) 
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Meeting ID: 854 2822 1550
Passcode: 403299

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Meeting ID: 854 2822 1550
Passcode: 403299

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If you are unable to attend the Town Hall but still wish to address the Board, you may email your public comment in advance to: mackerman@pgusd.org.
 
Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please call the District Superintendent’s Office at (831) 646-6510.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2021:

SEPTEMBER 16, 2021:

The Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education is working with National Demographics Corporation, demographic experts who presented information on the process and potential criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps.  After the demographer’s presentation, the Board held the second of two statutorily required hearings and received input from the community on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).
 
At this meeting, the Board considered an optional resolution to identify specific criteria to guide the demographer in the development of draft trustee area maps.  The criteria options were identified in a checklist format as Exhibit A to the resolution, allowing the Board choice in which criteria to prioritize.  After discussion, the Board decided not to take action on the resolution on September 16, as it wanted additional time to gather further community input to determine what factors the public would prefer trustee area maps take into account.  Again, a resolution laying out the criteria is not legally required.
august 19, 2021:

august 19, 2021:

The Pacific Grove Unified School District Board of Education will hold the first in a series of public hearings to receive community feedback regarding the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and the potential design of maps that outline trustee-areas for Board elections. 
The District is working with National Demographics Corporation, demographics experts who will present information on the process and potential criteria for drawing the trustee-area boundary maps. The Board will hold the first of two statutorily required hearings to receive input from the community on the trustee-area map creation process, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010, subdivision (a)(1).
 

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April 22, 2021

April 22, 2021

The Board adopted Resolution 1069, declaring its intent to transition from at-large to by-trustee area Board elections, where each Board member must reside within the designated trustee area boundary, and is elected only by the voters in that trustee area. Under the by-trustee area system, voters would only vote for one seat on the school board.
Pursuant to Education Code section 35012, the Pacific Grove Unified School District’s Board of Education is currently elected under an at-large election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District.  Trustees are elected in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms, such that the next election for three trustee seats is scheduled for November 2022, with the remaining trustee seats scheduled for election in November 2024.