The City of Corona is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles in western Riverside County and encompasses 39.2 square miles. The City has a population of approximately 160,287 of which 56,395 are registered voters.
On May 6, 2015, the City Council established a Charter/District Exploratory Committee to investigate and study City Charters and Council election districts and determine whether either should be created for Corona. This subcommittee is comprised of two members of the City Council, Mayor Montanez and Council Member Haley. Upon review of Requests for Proposals (RFP) responses, the Committee selected National Demographics Corporation (NDC) as the consultant for this project. Accordingly, NDC will be responsible for assisting the Committee in performing its duties and developing a recommendation for the City Council. NDC will also lead and moderate discussions with the Charter/District Exploratory Committee, members of the public and City staff, as well as educate them on the advantages and disadvantages of election districts vs. at-large elections and charter vs. general law forms of government.
Did you know that, under certain home rule provisions in California’s Constitution, voters can exercise a greater degree of local control than that provided by the California Legislature? Within Corona, movement away from state control and towards a charter city, as well as the possible creation of Council election districts to model the geographic contours of the City, have been the subject of informal discussions over the years. Most recently, the concept of Council election districts was raised during the 2014 election season.
Although the City of Corona is currently a general law city, the California Constitution authorizes a general law city to adopt for itself a charter following a vote of its electors. A charter allows voters to determine how their city government is organized and, with respect to municipal affairs, enact legislation different than that adopted by the state.
We look forward to obtaining public input throughout this process as we look closely at the future of Corona!