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
December 19, 2013
On December 17, 2013 the Berkeley City Council on a split 6-3 vote adopted a Redistricting ordinance. Here is a link to a copy of a map of the new district boundaries and the Ordinance.
I voted NO on the redistricting ordinance because I felt that it unfairly divided neighborhoods throughout Berkeley and drew out the Northside area and other student housing communities from District 7. The map the City Council majority adopted in my opinion was a partisan gerrymander and I could not vote for a map that divided communities of interest. Just by following the criteria set forth in the Charter, the United Student District Amendment (USDA) map was superior: it used major streets as boundaries and did not divide communities of interest.
The boundaries of District 4 are largely the same in this map with the exception of the area north of University Avenue. The district line would end mostly at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and north of Cedar Street, there would be a one block extension to keep my block in the District. The district also now goes all the way up to Arch Street on the east.
The new boundaries will go into effect in 30 days unless there are sufficient signatures to referend the ordinance. The boundaries will be in place for the next City Council election in the fall of 2014.
In the past 10 years the City Council has faced citizen opposition to their redistricting plans. In 2002 the Council changed its map in response to a citizen referendum. I think it shows that putting the power to draw lines solely in the hands of the politicians who directly benefit is a problem, and the Council has abused this power. Even though voters voted overwhelmingly to pass Measure R in November 2012 to give Council more flexibility to do redistricting, its clear that such a blank check can be misused. I think we need to take a look at changing the way the City does redistricting, but more on that at a future point.