Process and Criteria
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The following outlines the Redistricting process:
1. Work Program Adopted
2. Census Bureau releases Redistricting Data
3. Data Analysis and Draft Proposals
4. Board Update on Early May 3, 2011
5. Community Workshops in mid to late May: Please Note: San Pablo Workshop location as been updated as of May 12. A new workshop has been added in Lafayette on Wednesday, June 1st.
6. Public Hearing on proposed map concepts. June 28th, 2011
Video of the June 28th Public Hearing
Public Hearing (continued) on proposed map concpet. July 12, 2011
7. Ordinance Adoption in July/August (tentative)
The County Administrator has established a leadership committee to oversee the redistricting process. The Leadership Committee includes:
David Twa, County Administrator
Catherine Kutsuris, Department of Conservation and Development Director
Sharon Anderson, County Counsel
Steve Weir, Clerk Recorder
Guiding Principles or criteria in adjusting district boundaries should be established at the outset of the process to provide clear guidance for staff in mapping new district boundaries and to assure the public that the process will be open and transparent. The following guiding principles/criteria have been adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
To the extent possible, achieve near equal population for each district according to 2010 Census Data. If possible, all districts should be within 5% of each other. (Note, in 2001 districts were within 8% of each other.)
Use easily identifiable geographic boundaries to draw contiguous adjusted boundaries
To the extent possible, maintain communities of interest in a single district and avoid splitting communities when adjusting boundaries. Communities of interest may be defined by existing boundaries for school districts, municipal advisory councils, cities, special districts, and sphere of influence boundaries.
Adjusted boundaries must comply with the requirements of the Voting Rights Act to maintain the position of racial minorities and language minorities, as defined under the Federal Voting Rights Act, with respect to their effective exercise in the election process.
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