Cerritos College Board of Trustees adopts a trustee area map
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2011
NORWALK, Calif. - December 8, 2011 - At its meeting of December 7, 2011, the Cerritos Community College District Board of Trustees adopted Plan 1B creating seven trustees areas so that trustees are elected from established trustee areas and no longer throughout the college district.
The board took this action to comply with the California Voting Rights Act and the Federal Voting Rights Act. Plan 1B was one of three drafts that had been submitted for consideration in a process that began last spring.
This action was taken after a lengthy broad review, including opportunities for members of the public to provide comments and suggestions at two regularly scheduled board meetings (November 2, 2011, and December 7, 2011).
Currently, board members are elected at-large by all registered voters in the district. With trustee area elections, voters may only elect board members who reside in their particular trustee area.
Four four-year seats and one two-year seat will be up for election in November 2012 representing five of the new trustee areas. The two year seat is the balance of the term held by the late Bob Epple. This two-year seat will resume its pattern of four year terms in 2014 along with the remaining two board seats not on the 2012 ballot.
The change from at-large elections to trustee area elections will be reviewed as required by new state legislation by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges at a meeting in the spring. Upon approval, the plan will be ready for the Los Angeles County Registrar to implement for the November 2012 election.
Adopted Plan 1B map can be viewed here: www.cerritos.edu/redistricting.
Timeline of the election issue and other pertinent information is available here: /uploads/Releases2011/Elections_Timeline,_etc.pdf.
The College's September 29 statement regarding the lawsuit is available here: /releases-2011/09/elections.htm.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, LaMirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions.Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.