District elections mean big governing changes for many California cities

The Costa Mesa City Council.
The Costa Mesa City Council.
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Not too long ago, it was fairly rare for California cities to elect council members from separate districts rather than citywide. But now, a rapid shift is underway.

This past November, 57 cities across California changed how they elected their city councils, switching for the first time to distinct geographic districts in electing council members. Many of the cities are located in Southern California.

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