El Monte continues public hearings on move from at-large to district-based voting

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When El Monte on Jan. 11 voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution to begin the process of moving from at-large to district-based elections of the City Council, it meant the city had to hold a series of public hearings, as per Elections Code Section 10010, to solidify the process.

Mayor Pro Tem Alma Puente, Councilmember Maria Morales and Councilmember Martin Herrera voted in the affirmative while Mayor Jessica Ancona and Councilmember Victoria Martinez Muela voted in opposition of the motion.

Two hearings would be to receive public comment on the proposal, and the second of those is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at City Hall located at 11333 Valley Blvd in El Monte. The first was held Feb. 16.

Two other public hearings will be to review draft maps. Those are on tap on March 15 and March 29, the second of which will also include approval of the first reading of the ordinance for the transition.

The final meeting will take place April 5, and it will include the final reading of the ordinance as well as adopting the final map and council structure.

Councilmember Maria Morales touched on the importance of this move.

“This is an opportunity and a testament to the city’s relationship with its institutions and people,” she said, in a statement. “It’s about representation at the city council level.”

She added, “As we go through this process it is incredibly important that everyone in this community feels represented.”

For more information, residents can go to http://ci.el-monte.ca.us/661/City-Council-Election-Districting.