After three public hearings which received very little input from the community,
the Sierra View Zone Elections Committee will present its final recommendation
for adistrict zoning map to the board of directors at their regularly
scheduled board meeting Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Sierra View Medical
Center board room.
The committee, comprised of two SVMC board members and representatives
from the community, has met over the last several months to the determine
the best district zone map as the hospital transitions from at large elections
to district elections. Their goal was to establish five districts of equal
population, with each district electing its own board member in future
elections to better represent diverse groups within the community.
After considering three models for district zones prepared by Bay Area
demographic research group Lapkoff and Gobalet earlier this year, the
committee requested a fourth model that smoothed out boundary lines, making
it easier for residents to determine at a glance in which district they reside.
The committee held two public hearings at the end of November to solicit
community input on the fourth model, but only one person attended the
first meeting, and none attended the second.
SVMC called a special board meeting on Thursday as a third and final opportunity
for the public to
comment on the proposed district map, but received no input.
A representative from SVMC said that the hospital is not discouraged by
the lack of comments at last
week’s meeting because they have not seen concern or negative feelings
on the matter. Instead, they said they have seen a positive outlook from
the community regarding the attempt to be fully inclusive when it comes
to the selection of hospital board members.
The SVMC board is expected to approve the recommendation of the committee
at the meeting. Upon
approval, the approved district map will be submitted to the Tulare County
Board of Supervisors for
consideration. The new map will be used for elections starting in 2018.