What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

To the extent practicable, in accordance with the California Elections Code, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: 

1.    Substantially equal population of residents (+/- 10%) in each district based on census data. 

2.    Compliance with the Constitutions of the United States and California, and with the Federal Voting Rights Act (“FVRA”). These criteria are satisfied by developing districts that have substantially equal populations, are not designed with discriminatory intent, and are not designed with race as the predominant consideration. 

3.    Geographically contiguous, to the extent practicable. A district is not contiguous if it includes areas that: (a) meet only at the point of adjoining corners, or (b) are separated by water and not connected by a bridge.

4.    Geographic integrity of any local neighborhood or local community of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, to the extent practicable. A “community of interest” is a population that shares common social or economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. 

5.    Boundaries should be easily identifiable and understandable by residents. To the extent practicable, districts shall be bounded by natural and artificial barriers, by streets, or by the boundaries of the City.

6.    Districts shall be geographically compact in a manner that nearby areas of population are not bypassed in favor of more distant populations, to the extent practicable.

7.    Districts must not be adopted for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

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1. What is redistricting?
2. Why does redistricting matter to me?
3. What do the existing Councilmember districts look like?
4. What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?
5. How will the City notify the public about redistricting?
6. How can I get involved?
7. What do the acronyms and categories mean on the demographic sheets?
8. Do I have to submit a completed map?
9. Can I submit more than one map?
10. What happens to the drafted maps?
11. Where can I learn more about redistricting?