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Learn about the redistricting process and give input at a public hearing

Berkeley, California (Thursday, July 01, 2021) - Join us July 10 as we kick off the once-a-decade process of redrawing Berkeley's City Council district boundaries at the first public hearing of the Independent Redistricting Commission - a body charged with creating a new district map that ensures fair and equal representation for all using factors such as population data, geography, demographics, and direct testimony from community members.

The Commission, which is overseeing the redistricting process for the first time this year, was created by voters in 2016 in an effort to have the City's eight districts shaped independently of the elected officials who will serve in them.

Online public hearing July 10

The July 10 hearing is the first of many opportunities to participate in the redistricting process. At the event, you'll meet the Independent Redistricting Commission, a group of 13 Berkeley residents chosen through an open and transparent application and selection process to administer the redrawing of Council districts following the 2020 Census.

Saturday, July 10, 10:00 am 
Join on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82055634140 
Participate by phone: (669) 900-9128; Meeting ID: 820 5563 4140

After a presentation covering the redistricting process and timeline, history of Council districts in Berkeley, and the laws and regulations that govern the redistricting process, community members will have an opportunity to give testimony to the Commission directly.

Be part of the process: tell the Commission about your "communities of interest"

Active community participation is the core of a fair and equitable redistricting process, and this event will be the first of many opportunities to give testimony.

Although attendees may speak on any aspect of redistricting at this meeting, in the current phase the Commission is particularly looking to hear testimony about "communities of interest" - groups within a certain geographic area that share common social and economic interests. A community of interest could be a neighborhood or group that shares similar living standards, has a shared cultural background, uses the same transportation facilities, or has a shared relationship to a local gathering place such as a park or community center where a neighborhood comes together.

The communities of interest identified by Berkeleyans will be one of the key building blocks the Commission will use in developing new boundaries. Nobody knows your neighborhood like you do, so the Commission is relying on participation from Berkeleyans to ensure everyone's interests are represented and considered fairly in the process.

You can also submit comments in writing to redistricting@cityofberkeley.info.

About the redistricting process

Every ten years, Berkeley redraws council district boundaries to account for changes in population based on US Census data. In 2016, Berkeley voters amended the City Charter to assign responsibility for drawing Council districts to an independent commission. 

The Commission will hold public meetings to receive community input, review written comments and maps submitted by community members, and ultimately adopt a new district map. Community members will be able to access the same data the Commission is using, draw their own maps with an online tool, and comment on what others have proposed.

Even if you can't join this meeting, we hope you will participate in future redistricting meetings in the coming months. For questions or requests for accommodation, contact the City Clerk Department at redistricting@cityofberkeley.info or (510) 981-6908.

Please share this event widely. We ensure better representation for all of Berkeley when more voices are heard in the redistricting process.



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