Every ten (10) years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Pursuant to Assembly Bill 849 (2019), cities and counties engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach. Districts must be redrawn every ten (10) years, so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process is important in ensuring that each city councilmember and district represents about the same number of constituents.
Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is normally released by March 31, 2021, but the U.S. Census Bureau has indicated there has been a delay in the release of the data due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the full redistricting data with tool kits will be released by September 30, 2021. Pursuant to California Elections Code, the process must be completed and the boundary maps must be adopted no later than April 17, 2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. Public hearings and workshops will be held to provide the Community the opportunity to provide input and share with the City Council how they think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent their community. To the extent practicable, district lines are adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
The map of City’s current council district was adopted in February 2016, which served as the City’s first boundary map. Ordinance No. 6360 implemented the District Plan recommended by the Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts.
This webpage will provide all the information regarding the redistricting process and how to participate in the process. Dates, times and locations of workshops and public hearings will be posted here.
You can also submit public comments or written testimony, including suggested draft maps, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions or comments may also be sent to email@example.com.