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By-Trustee Area District Formation Process
 
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is transitioning from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections. Beginning in 2020, residents will vote for a single Board of Trustee candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area. The public is invited to provide input on the district formation mapping during public hearings.

California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) Trustee Area Election Conversion Process

At the March 12, 2020 Board Meeting of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, the Board of Education selected Map #3, election sequence "C".  

You may email any comments or questions to the CVRA Hotline at cvra@hlpusd.k12.ca.us. You may also comment by telephone at (626) 934-4848.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY COMMITTEE ON
SCHOOL DISTRICT ORGANIZATION
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Pursuant to Education Code §5019(c), the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization will be conducting a public hearing on a proposal to establish trustee areas and trustee area voting within the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District (USD).


This hearing shall be held virtually, due to the current COVID-19 public healthcrisis. To access the meeting electronically, and to provide public comment,please go to the County Committee website for connection information:
https://www.lacoe.edu/Business-Services/Business-Advisory-Services/County-Committee
DATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
TIME: 9:30 a.m.


The teleconference number to listen to the proceedings shall be
posted on the County Committee’s website 72 hours prior to the
meeting at County Committee Public Hearing Teleconference
NOTE: Public comment may be emailed to the County Committee up until 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing. Any comments received shall be acknowledged at the meeting and shall become part of the administrative record. Comments may be emailed to the County Committee Secretary, Mr. Octavio Castelo at castelo_octavio@lacoe.edu.
Language translation services of the virtual hearing may be provided
with a minimum notice of three business days prior to the public hearing. Posting or distribution of banners, leaflets, handouts, or other media or communications, which serve to promote or discourage specific points of view, are prohibited from the County Committee’s website.


For additional information or to request translation service, call
(562) 922-6110.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Superintendent’s Office
MARCH 18, 2020 (626) 933-3801
Hacienda La Puente Unified to Submit Election Conversion Petition to County


CITY OF INDUSTRY – Hacienda La Puente Unified Board of Education submitted a petition the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization on March 13 for converting elections from an at-large system to a by-trustee area system.


The action follows a March 12 public hearing and vote by the Board of Education to adopt a trustee-area map, a sequence of elections and an election conversion plan. Under the current at-large system, all registered voters may vote for any board candidate within Hacienda La Puente Unified boundaries. Under the new system, residents will vote for a single candidate residing in their newly drawn trustee area.
The conversion is in keeping with the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and was guided by a legal team and demographer.

Hacienda La Puente leaders consulted with community members at five public hearings and five community meetings held across the district and gathered input via an online survey, social media, press releases, news advertisements, phone calls and emails. A special webpage dedicated to the issue was created on the district’s website.
More than 1,100 comments were gathered about the plan, leading to the development of seven conceptual trustee-area maps for consideration by the Board of Education.

“We want to thank our community for their feedback at every stage of this effort,” interim Superintendent Annie Bui said. “We know concerns over the spread of the coronavirus have since taken hold of our attention, so we are grateful this community outreach part of this process was able to be completed beforehand.”

The conversion effort was launched by a vote of the Board of Education on Jan. 21. Public hearings were held on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 to gather input for preparing draft four maps of trustee areas. An additional public hearing gathered new perspectives on Feb. 13. Next, the district held public meetings from Feb. 18-22 to allow community members
to provide feedback on four conceptual trustee-area maps. Two more conceptual maps were added based on perspectives from the Board of Trustees and a seventh was added based on community feedback.
The Board of Trustees held two more public hearings on Feb. 27 and March 12 to review all of the maps and gather additional community input. The final map chosen was one of the original four, known as Scenario 3, available on the Hacienda La Puente Unified CVRA website.
The County Committee is currently scheduled to formally accept the district’s petition on May 6; there is no current date for the committee’s public hearing. The impact of social distancing efforts related to the coronavirus may impact the conversion’s adoption calendar, but if all does go as planned, the district’s first election under the new system could be in November 2020.


The first election would include Trustee Areas 1 and 4 and then elections for Trustee Areas 2, 3 and 5 would follow in 2022.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Superintendent’s Office
March 10, 2020 (626) 933-3801


Hacienda La Puente Unified Board of Education Set to Approve Election Conversion on March 12


CITY OF INDUSTRY – Hacienda La Puente Unified’s Board of Education is inviting community members to provide input at a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 on plans to shift from at-large elections to a by-trustee area system.

The meeting – to be held at 15959 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry – is the last in a series of gatherings launched Jan. 21 when the board decided to shift to the new format in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

Under the current at-large system, all registered voters may vote for any board candidate. Under the new system, residents will vote for a single candidate residing in their trustee area.


“This effort is designed to ensure all members of our community have a strong voice in our elections,” Interim Superintendent Annie Bui said. “We hope everyone who has expressed an opinion joins us for this last, incredibly important meeting.”

The district has gathered more than 1,100 comments about the shift through an online survey, four public hearings, five public meetings, emails and phone calls. Seven conceptual maps have been proposed, including one based on community views, as well as a table of options for the election sequence.

After a public hearing on the potential maps and election sequences on March 12, the board is set to pick a map, select an election sequence, approve the conversion to the by-trustee-area election system and approve submission of a petition to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization seeking approval of the map choice and election conversion. The first election under the new system is expected be in November 2020.


Questions or comments may be made via a CVRA Hotline at cvra@hlpusd.k12.ca.us or directed to the office of Superintendent Bui at (626) 934-4848.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING & MAP PUBLICATION

HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held by the Board of Education of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District as part of the conversion from its current at-large method of election to a by-trustee-area election system in accordance with Section 10010 of the California Elections Code. The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public input on the draft trustee area maps being considered to define the trustee areas that will be used in by-trustee-area elections and the proposed sequences of elections.

All maps and their proposed sequences of elections are available on the District’s website at: https://www.hlpschools.org/cvra.

THEREFORE, PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT this public hearing will be held before the Board of Education of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District as follows:

Date: March 12, 2020

Place: District Office – Board Room

15959 E. Gale Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91745

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Please contact the Superintendent’s Office at (626) 933-3801, if you require more information prior to the public hearing.

Hacienda La Puente Unified Seeks Input on 6 Conceptual Maps for Trustee Voting Areas and Sequence of Elections

CITY OF INDUSTRY – Hacienda La Puente Unified is seeking community input on six conceptual maps of trustee voting areas and the sequence of elections as the Board of Education moves toward shifting from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections.

Community members are invited to share their perspectives on the maps and the sequence of elections at a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the District Office, 15959 E. Gale Ave., City of Industry.

The hearing follows a series of five communities meetings held from Feb. 18-22 that gathered perspectives from across the district on four conceptual maps and the sequence of elections. Each hearing featured comments from 10 to 20 community members and translations in Spanish and Mandarin were provided.

“This is about ensuring our community has an array of options to review, in keeping with Hacienda La Puente’s commitment to transparency and community engagement,” Interim Superintendent Annie Bui said. “We want to ensure our community’s voice is an integral part of this process.”

Two additional maps and their respective sequence of elections have since been added for review by the Board of Education. All six maps with the sequence of elections are available for review on a webpage dedicated to the election conversion effort.

The Board of Education approved the plan to convert to by-trustee area elections on Jan. 21 in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (CRVA). The conversion effort has been guided by a demographer and legal team.

The first four maps were developed after a pair of public hearings gathered community input on the election conversion, which is projected to be in place before the November 2020 election.

Adoption of a final map and sequence of elections is expected at a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12 meeting of the Board of Education. The completed plan will be presented to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization for adoption.

Questions and comments may be made via the District’s CVRA Hotline at cvra@hlpusd.k12.ca.us or directed to the office of Interim Superintendent Annie Bui at (626) 934-4848.

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