GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SHIFTS TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS: HEARING DEC. 3

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Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

November 26, 2018 (La Mesa)  The public is invited to provide input during a public hearing December 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. on the Grossmont Healthcare District’s transition to a new system for electing its board members.

Like many health care districts and public agencies throughout California, Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has used an at-large election system since forming in the 1950s. With at-large systems, board members are elected by the voters of the entire district. 

To meet the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, many California public agencies are now transitioning to district-based or “zone” elections in which elections are within a district or zone that is a smaller part of the whole district. With district-based election systems, board members are elected only by the voters residing within that specific election district or zone.

In October the GHD Board of Directors adopted a Resolution outlining the intention to transition from at-large to district-based elections.

The public is invited to participate in the initial public hearing, to hear about the details of the process from a company that specializes in demographics and mapping, as well as to provide input regarding the composition of the new districts. The hearing will be held at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA 91942, on Monday, December 3, 2018. The regular business meeting will start at 5:30 p.m., with the Public Hearing to commence at 6:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided.

“We’re looking forward to hearing input from voters about this transition and the composition of the new districts,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “If someone cannot attend in person, we’re accepting written input.”

If you can’t attend this meeting but would like to provide written input on the composition of the new districts, you may email Barry Jantz, CEO of the GHD, at bjantz@grossmonthealthcare.org, or send a letter to the address noted above. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact GHD by phone at (619) 825-5050

For more information on this process, please visit the GHD website.