District Elections

Council VacancyThe City of Grover Beach, like hundreds of cities and school districts across the state, is making a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning in 2022, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters have the ability to vote for all City Council Members.

We need your help to make this change and draw new City Council districts!

One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?

How to Participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

  • Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process, or a specific map to districting@groverbeach.org.
  • Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map. 

At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:

  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all four districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
  • Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process

Identified Communities of Interest

During the first two districting public hearings, the City Council identified these communities of interest in the City of Grover Beach:

  • Single family homeowners vs. multi-family units 

  • High-density commercial and surrounding areas 

  • Coastal Zone vs. Non-coastal zone boundaries

  • School districts

  • Rental properties vs. homeowners 

Communities of interest are defined as: 

  • groups of people that share common social or economic interests,

  • groups that live in a geographically defined area, and

  • groups that should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future elections.

For more information about communities of interest, visit the FAQ page

District Map Workshop, October 27, 2021

27 de octubre de 2021 Taller de Distribución de Distritos de la Ciudad de Grover Beach (Español)

Draw a Map

There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest.


The paper maps and the interactive review map are loaded with the official 2020 Census data. Please be advised that DistrictR is in the process of uploading the official data, and the data that is currently available on the tool are estimates.

A variety of map-drawing tools are available:


1.       Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.

Tools needed: 

  • Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)
  • Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.

 2.       Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals

Tools needed: 

  • Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)
  • Public Participation Kit - Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)

3.       DistrictR a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.

Tools needed:

  • DistrictR
  • An important note about using DistrictR
    • When you use DistrictR, please be mindful of what the percentage value displayed at the bottom right side of the page is actually showing you.  It shows the maximum population deviation, which takes the district that is furthest away from the ideal (either over or under), and tells how much it deviates from that ideal.
    • This is not the same thing as the total population deviation that we often refer to.  The total population deviation is the sum of the absolute values of the greatest positive deviation and the greatest negative deviation.
    • If you are unsure of your own calculations, aim for a maximum population deviation that is under 5%.

4.       Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them.  Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released).  Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.

Tools needed:

5.    Story Map is an easy to use “story” of demographic and other data to learn about your community and identify “communities of interest.”  Story Map is similar to PowerPoint but interactive.  Story Map is to review and analyze data, not to create maps.

Tools needed:


Meeting videos, meeting and forum presentations, news releases and other districting-related materials will be added here as they become available.

In the News

Grassroots guides to districting: 


Please send any questions, comments, and map suggestions to districting@groverbeach.org; or contact the City by phone at 805-473-4568.  Click here to register for email updates on upcoming meeting agendas.