The City of Escondido is accepting applications beginning June 15– 31 from volunteers to fill seven vacancies on the Re-Districting Commission. Deadline to apply Is July 31.
The Independent Re-Districting Commission shall be vested with authority to develop an initial district-based plan for future City Council elections. It is composed of seven members, appointed by a Selection Panel of three retired judges residing in San Diego County.
The panel is required to appoint Commission members who will provide racial, geographic, social and ethnic diversity, and will have a high degree of competency to carry out the responsibilities of the Commission and a demonstrated capacity to serve with impartiality.
Aided by city staff and an expert consultant, the commission’s role is to adopt plans to divide Escondido into four council districts. They will be used for future elections of Escondido City Council members, including their recall, and for filling any vacancy in the office of the member of the Council.
Each of the commissioners must be Escondido voters. In addition, they had to certify that they had not been involved in certain political behaviors in the last 10 years. They are not allowed to: (1) have been a candidate for local, state or federal elected office, (2) been a paid employee or consultant for a California political candidate or political committee, (3) been an official or paid employee of a California political party, (4) made donations greater than $5,000 in any 2-year period, and (5) cannot be a current candidate for any local, state, or federal elected office.
In addition, commission members must agree not to run for Escondido City Council for five years after their service on the Commission. A resume must be submitted with the application.
Applicants must reside within the geographic boundaries of the Escondido General Plan. The Commission falls within the guidelines of the Brown Act (California Government Code §54950, et seq.) and all meetings are open to the public. In addition, members are required to file Conflict of Interest Statements on an annual basis and attend ethics training as required by State law.
For more information on qualifications and an application form, visit www.escondido.org/independent- districting.aspx or contact the Escondido City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 201 N. Broadway – 760-839-4617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.