NOVEMBER 16 UPDATE
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to proceed with Map 82647, which will keep Moorpark together in one district. A final map based on this one will be prepared and published in advance of the public hearing on December 7.
What is being proposed?
Ventura County is governed by the Board of Supervisors, comprised of five individual Supervisors who each represent roughly one fifth of Ventura County's population. After the U.S. Census publishes updated population data every ten years, the County's district boundaries are redrawn to ensure the populations of each district are rebalanced. Some of the maps that the Board of Supervisors considered would split Moorpark into two different Supervisorial districts. If the Moorpark community is split to be just a very small part of any one Supervisor's district, then Moorpark's input in countywide policy and legislative issues will be greatly diminished.
Tell Ventura County to Keep One Moorpark
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to develop and approve a final map over the course of four public hearings, and public participation is critical if we are to keep Moorpark together in one Supervisor's District. The City encourages Moorpark residents and businesses to tell the Board of Supervisors this one simple message: Keep the City of Moorpark together in one district. It can be as simple as copying and pasting that sentence in an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
History: City Comments Before Draft Maps
Shortly after Ventura County initiated its redistricting process, the City of Moorpark sent a September 1 Letter to the County providing two simple comments to the County as it considered redistricting:
- Comment 1: Moorpark should be entirely located in one district.
- Comment 2: Moorpark should be located in a southeast-County district.
History: October 19, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting
On October 11, 2021 Ventura County published four draft district maps for public review and comment, including one that would split Moorpark into two different Supervisor districts - one would extend to Fillmore, Santa Paula, and eastern Oxnard; the other would extend to Simi Valley, Westlake, and Oak Park. Three other maps keep Moorpark intact to be represented by just one Supervisor.
In response, the City of Moorpark sent an October 13 letter to the County reiterating its concerns. The Board of Supervisors is considering the districting maps at its October 19 meeting.
Ahead of the first redistricting public hearing on October 19, 2020, dozens of Moorparkians sent E-mails to the Board of Supervisors telling them not to split Moorpark as it draws its districts. County Supervisors Bob Huber and Linda Parks voiced support to specifically not split Moorpark, but other County Supervisors did not want to commit to that so early in the process.
At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board of Supervisors told its mapping experts that the two top priorities, in order, are:
- Two of the five new Supervisorial districts should be majority-minority districts.
- Minimize the splitting of cities into separate districts.
The Board of Supervisors also eliminated Draft Maps 3 and 4 from consideration, because they did not satisfy its Priority #1. They directed their mapping experts to use Map 1, Map 2, and three other draft maps created by members of the public and best incorporate the two top priorities.
History: November 9, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting
Based on comments and direction received on October 19, the County published five maps for public review and comment on November 3, including including three that would split Moorpark into two different Supervisor districts. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors then held another public hearing on November 9.
- Staff Report (Agenda items 39 and 40, toward the bottom of the agenda)
- Meeting Video
- Draft Map 1A (splits Moorpark) | Draft Map 2A (does not split Moorpark) | Draft "Community Map" (splits Moorpark) | Draft "LULAC MALDEF Plan" (splits Moorpark) | Draft Map 66742 (does not split Moorpark)
City officials opposed the maps that would split Moorpark and encouraged Moorpark residents and businesses to do the same so we can ensure that Moorpark's influence and interest in regional issues are not diminished by being split up into two separate Supervisor districts. As of Friday, November 5, Moorparkians sent 673 E-mails to the Board of Supervisors telling them to Keep One Moorpark.
After more than three hours of public comment, the Board of Supervisors voted to bring two maps for their consideration (Map Nos. 77412 and 78227) at its November 16 meeting. Fortunately, neither of the maps still under consideration would split Moorpark.
The City wants to thank the nearly 700 Moorparkians for standing up to Keep One Moorpark. Your voices were heard!
History: November 16, 2021 Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors continued receiving public comment, with discussion especially focused on the district boundaries between Camarillo and Oxnard, and between Camarillo and the unincorporated County area northwest of Camarillo. None of the discussions would have affected the Moorpark district's boundaries. Ultimately, the Board of Supervisors voted to proceed with Map 82647, which will keep Moorpark together in one district.
A final map based on this one will be prepared and published in advance of the County's public hearing on December 7. The Board of Supervisors has the ability to officially adopt the map at that public hearing.
More Information and Resources
Additional information about Ventura County's redistricting process is available on on the County's website, including: