When Westminster voters decide whether to approve eliminating the direct election of the mayor and change from four councilmember districts to five, there won’t be an accompanying map of the new council boundaries on the ballot.
On Wednesday night, the city council voted 5-0 to skip adding the map, which is not required by law, according to the city attorney. Councilmember Kimberly Ho (District Three) said she opposed including the map because it would “confuse people.”
The city is in the process of redrawing its council districts to reflect changes in population, as is required after the 2020 census. There’s a measure on the June ballot asking voters whether they want to eliminate the direct election of the mayor and instead have five council districts with the mayor’s post selected from among the councilmember.
If approved, there would be five council districts instead of four, which would be reflected in the balloting in the November 2022 elections.
Earlier in the meeting, the council winnowed down the list of proposed maps to three for a four-district arrangement, and three for a five-district plan.
Chosen in the former case are Public Maps 401, 402 and 403. For the five-district setup are Public Maps 502 and 503 as well as NDC (consultant) Map 505.
A decision on which maps to adopt will be made by the council at a later date.
The submitted maps can be viewed at: