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DocuSign Envelope ID: 3701 EEF7-6164-420D-9846-DDA6BOA48852 <br />RESOLUTION NO. 21-64 <br />A RESOLUTION OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUSTIN, <br />CALIFORNIA, DECLARING ITS INTENTION TO TRANSITION FROM AT - <br />LARGE TO DISTRICT -BASED ELECTIONS PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA <br />ELECTIONS CODE 10010(e)(3)(A) <br />WHEREAS, members of the City Council of the City of Tustin ("City") are <br />currently elected in at -large elections, in which each Councilmember is elected by <br />all registered voters of the entire City; and <br />WHEREAS, Government Code Section 34886 authorizes the City Council <br />to adopt an ordinance to change its method of election from an at -large system to <br />a district -based system, in which each Councilmember is elected only by the voters <br />in the district in which the candidate resides; and <br />WHEREAS, on Tuesday June 23, 2020 the City received a letter from <br />Tanya G. Pellegrini, Staff Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and <br />Education Fund ("MALDEF"), asserting that the City's at -large election system <br />violates the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA") and threatening litigation if the <br />City declines to voluntarily change to a district -based election system for electing <br />Council members; and <br />WHEREAS, the City denies its election system violates the CVRA or any <br />other provision of law and asserts the City's at -large election system is legal in all <br />respects and further denies any wrongdoing whatsoever regarding the way it has <br />conducted its City Council elections; and <br />WHEREAS, despite the foregoing, the City Council has concluded it is in <br />the public interest to begin the process of transitioning from at -large to district - <br />based elections due to the uncertainty of litigation to defend against a CVRA <br />lawsuit and the potentially extraordinary cost of such a lawsuit, even if the City <br />were to prevail; and <br />NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TUSTIN <br />DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION 1. The above recitals are true and correct and are incorporated <br />herein by reference. <br />SECTION 2. The City Council hereby outlines its intention to transition from <br />at -large to district -based elections, the specific steps it will undertake to facilitate <br />this transition, and an estimated time frame for doing so. <br />Resolution 21-64 <br />Page 1 of 3 <br />