California Celebrates the Arrival of Its Newest City

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Mountain House in San Joaquin County, with nearly 30,000 residents, is poised to become California’s newest city on July 1, following overwhelming voter support for cityhood several months ago.

Located in the southwestern part of the county, approximately 30 miles southwest of Stockton and 50 miles east of Oakland, Mountain House will mark its incorporation with a commemoration ceremony as part of Fourth of July celebrations.

This milestone makes Mountain House the eighth city in San Joaquin County and California’s 483rd city, marking the state’s first new city since 2011. The community boasts about 10,000 registered voters and continues to grow, with a population of around 28,000 residents.

In addition to approving cityhood, voters on the March ballot also selected a proposed mayor and city council members, and determined the framework for future elections. A majority opted for an “at-large” election system, where council members will be elected based on total votes received by candidates from the entire city, rather than by district.

Previously governed by an elected, five-member community services district board, Mountain House’s transition to cityhood reflects its evolving status and governance structure.

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