City of Berkeley Redistricting

Introduction to Redistricting
Redistricting is the redrawing or adjusting of electoral district boundaries every ten years to ensure districts are balanced with the same number of residents.

Every 10 years, the City of Berkeley reviews its Council district boundaries to account for shifts and changes in the population. The redistricting process is based on the population figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2010 Census, Berkeley’s population is 112,580, an increase of almost 10,000 people. The population shifts within each district are significant enough to require new district boundaries. (Visit About Berkeley for updated population data.)  

Public Participation
The public is an important part of the redistricting process. The City Council approved a process and timeline for adjusting the Council District boundaries, which includes public submissions and two public hearings.
  A total of seven redistricting plans were submitted by the deadline.  The plans and the staff analysis will be published on April 25 in the agenda packet for the May 7 public hearing.

You may review the plans submitted by the public by visiting this page: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Home/2010_Redistricting_Plans.aspx

You may review the contents of the Redistricting Packet by visiting this page: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/Home/Redistricting_Packet.aspx

Community Meeting
A community meeting will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for the submitters of the seven plans to present their maps to the public and for the public to review the various plans.

Redistricting Timeline 
Click the link above for a list of Council meetings, public hearings and deadlines related to the 2013 redistricitng process. For a html version of the timeline, click here

Documents
 November 27, 2012 Report to City Council

 September 20, 2011 memo from City Attorney regarding the Voting Rights Act and the creation of a majority-minority district      
          VRA opinion memo submitted to the City Council by a resident (unsigned)
          VRA opinion memo from Best Best & Krieger, LLP

 November 15, 2011 Report to Council (includes maps and analysis of submitted plans)  

 City Attorney Opinions from 2001-2002 Redistricting Process
          August 2001 Memo Regarding ASUC Plan 
          August 2001 Memo - Redistricting Process 
          Sept. 2001 Memo Additional Analysis of Redistricting Proposals  
          Feb 2002 Memo Regarding Redistricting Deviation