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Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. In California, public agencies and other organizations must redivide (or redraw) the lines of their districts every ten years once the results of the Census are released so that each district is substantially equal in population. This ensures that each elected official represents about the same number of constituents.
All district lines must be reviewed to meet strict requirements for population equality, voting rights protections, and in accordance with the California Fair Maps Act. With the California Voting Rights Act, more than 500 jurisdictions in California must redistrict in 2021 and 2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for the purposes of electing Council Members. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for electing Council Members. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community either during the public hearings or by emailing comments to our office.
View a map of the City’s current City Council districts.
Criteria is as follows:
A community of interest is a contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.
contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.
Per the Local Government Redistricting Toolkit by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (2020):
Communities of interest are the overlapping sets of neighborhoods, networks, and groups that share interests, views, cultures, histories, languages, and values and whose boundaries can be identified on a map.
The following elements help define communities of interest:
The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents email a request in advance.
The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings and workshops, post maps online before adoption, and maintain this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
Share your specific thoughts or attend an upcoming public hearing to get involved!
At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:
Common acronyms demographic categories: