Map of City Council District 4
Above are the current (as of October 20, 2013) boundaries of City Council District 4. The City Council will be adopting new boundaries in the next couple of months. Please see information on the redistricting process below.
REDISTRICTING 2013 UPDATE
Due to an increase of 9,836 people in Berkeley's population according to the 2000 Census, the City Council is required to adjust the boundaries of City Council districts to achieve an equal population in each district in order to comply with federal law, and ensure that the principle of one person, one vote is protected.
Last November, Berkeley voters adopted Measure R which amended the City Charter to remove fixed district boundaries adopted 25 years ago and instead put in place criteria for the City Council to use in drawing new Council districts, but providing the Council with flexibility to adopt new lines to reflect changes in population and communities of interest.
The Berkeley City Council started the second phase of its redistricting process earlier this year and proposals were submitted to the City Clerk by March 15th. Seven proposals were submitted by citizens and groups. Here is a link to all of the submitted proposals: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Home/2010_Redistricting_Plans.aspx
The City Council held two public hearings over the summer and ultimately voted to focus consideration on one map, the Berkeley Student District Campaign (BSDC) plan. In early July, a group of UC Berkeley students developed a compromise proposal, the United Student District Amendment (USDA). The key difference between the BSDC map and the USDA proposal was that it was more inclusive and kept in District 7 the Northside neighborhood, as well as student housing such as Berkeley Student Cooperative houses, University dorms and the International House. Both maps keep most of the boundaries of Council District 4 intact except for the area north of University Avenue. Because of the requirement in the City Charter that no Councilmember can be drawn into the same district as another, the boundaries for District 4 have to keep my block on Henry Street between Cedar and Vine in District 4. As such the maps include a one block extension north of Cedar, but most of the area is drawn into either Districts 1 (Linda Maio), District 5 (Laurie Capitelli) or District 6 (Susan Wengraf).
On September 10th, the City Council voted on a 8-1 vote to ask staff to analyze the USDA plan for compliance with state and local requirements. On October 15th, staff provided its analysis which can be read here: http://cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2013/10Oct/Documents/2013-10-15_Item_04_Analysis_of_United_Student_District.aspx
Council voted on October 15th to direct staff to come back at a future meeting with two ordinances, one to adopt USDA and one to adopt BSDC. Under the City Charter the Council has until December 31st to act, and will be voting on a redistricting map sometime over the next two months.
I strongly support the USDA plan because I believe it is more inclusive, further unites the campus community of interest and does not unfairly gerrymand the campus area. I will continue to advocate for adoption of the USDA map, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on the redistricting proposals. Please email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org