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'tit in ),2 <br />city of sAn Luis oBispo <br />07�d OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL <br />, O'� 990 Palm Street ■ San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3249 ■ 805/781-7119 <br />May 20, 2014 <br />VIA FACSIMILE ONLY 916-319-2143 <br />The Honorable Mike Gatto <br />Chair, Assembly Appropriations Committee <br />State Capitol Building, Room 2114 <br />Sacramento, CA 95814 <br />RE: AB 2715 (Hernandez): District -based municipal elections. <br />(As proposed to be amended) <br />Notice of Opposition <br />Dear Assembly Member Gatto: <br />The City of San Luis Obispo is opposed to AB 2715 (Hernandez), which would amend <br />the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to "impose" district -based elections on all general <br />law cities with populations over 100,000, by 2017. <br />By imposing a district -based election on an estimated 29 cities, which fit the criteria of <br />general law cities with populations at or above 100,000 and an at -large election process, this <br />measure would create significant costs to the impacted agencies. Affected cities, all which have <br />unique population and geographic characteristics, would have to hire consultants to draft maps <br />and analyze election patterns, with costs ranging $50,000 to $100,000 per city to comply with <br />this legislation. <br />For these reasons, the City of San Luis Obispo opposes AB 2715. <br />Sincerely, <br />ly� <br />J Marx <br />ayor <br />cc: City Council <br />City Manager <br />City Clerk <br />Assembly Member Roger Hernandez, fax 916-319-2148 <br />Senator Bill Monning, fax 916-445-8081 <br />Assembly Member Katcho Achadjian, fax 916-319-2135 <br />David Mullinax, League of California Cities, dmulllinax@cacities.org <br />