This was the cry amongst council members as they left the last council meeting during which the decision was made for them to return the city to “vote by district” a position voters had decided on at the time this community voted to become a city, only to have the council spend thousand to take it away.
The microscopic City of Bradbury, California which incorporated in 1957 voted to hold council elections “by district”. In the 1960 federal census this city had a population of 618 citizens. Even today with a population of 1,087 citizens, of which 16.5% (180 persons) are under 18 years of age and ineligible to vote, leaving approximately 900 eligible voters divided amongst 5 precincts or 181 eligible voters per precinct. “Each district brings a special perspective to the table.” Neighborhoods are distinctive. The same can be said of wildomar.
A good article dating to 2003 can be found below.
Town of 855 Takes Its Politics Seriously
ASSUMING Wildomar follows the general pattern of Riverside County. Using 2010 Federal Census numbers Wildomar had total population of 32,176 citizens. Of that number 27.9% (8,966) are under age 18 leaving an eligible voter population of 23,210. Using the federal percentage increase of 9.8% results in 25,484 eligible voters as of July 1, 2014
During the November 4, 2014 election a total of 11,705 citizens voted for city council members.
If that number held true for the next election each district would have approximately 2341 voters out of an eligible voter population of 5096 per district. That makes “by district” completely doable.
VOTER REGISTRATION STATISTICS BY COUNTY REPORT OF REGISTRATION AS OF OCTOBER 20, 2014
Registered voters in riverside county 891,575
Persons Eligible to voter in Riverside County
October 20, 2014 1,394,302
Percentage of Eligible to vote that are registered to vote equals 64%
Statewide percentage was 73.3%
VOTER PARTICIPATION STATISTICS BY COUNTY
Turn-out of registered voters 40.13%
Turn-out of eligible voters 25.66%
The 2010 United States Census reported that Wildomar had a population of 32,176.
The population was spread out with 8,966 people (27.9%) under the age of 18.
Population, percent change – April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014 9.8%
Other cities that have voted “by district” for a number of years are
Hollister, CA Population: 34,928 (2010 Census)
Parlier, CA Population: 14,865 (2013)
Sanger, CA Population: 24,681 (2013)