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Redistricting 2021-22

The City has begun the process of setting new district voting boundaries for the 2022 election.

Below is a list of resources and details as the City progresses in the development of the new districts.  Please continue to visit this page for updates and presentations from subject matter experts.


Get Involved!

Join the Independent Redistricting Commission


Background

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non- English-speaking communities.

On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the City Council discussed and approved the formation of an Independent Redistricting Commission and selected Redistricting Partners as the demographer based in part on Redistricting Partners’ experience and user-friendly mapping platform that would be made available to the public.

It was further agreed that a total of seven commissioners would serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission, with two alternates. The first four commissioners will be randomly selected by the Deputy City Clerk from geographic quadrants of the City, and the remaining three commissioners will be selected by majority vote of the initial four randomly selected commissioners. The two alternates would be randomly selected by the Deputy City Clerk from the remaining applicant pool. All applicants will be required to verify under penalty of perjury that he or she satisfies the pertinent eligibility requirements of State Elections Code section 23003, subdivisions (c) & (d).

For more information on the establishment of the Independent Redistricting Commission, please view Item #8 on the May 5th Council agenda below.


What is Redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Martinez, the Independent Redistricting Commission is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which will be released in October 2021. For the City of Martinez, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.


Why Does it Matter to Me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. The Independent Redistricting Commission will seek the public’s input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the Commission how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. You can contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@cityofmartinez.org to find out more about how the process works.


What Do the Existing City Council Districts Look Like?

You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here.


What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.


How Will Our Independent Redistricting Commission Notify the Public About Redistricting?

The Independent Redistricting Commission will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. The Independent Redistricting Commission will notify the public about redistricting hearings or workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.


How Can I Get Involved?

You can submit an application to join the Independent Redistricting Commission by clicking here.  All applicants must be residents of Martinez.  The deadline to submit an application is Saturday, July 31, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

The Independent Redistricting Commission will be holding hearings and workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings and workshops will be held on the dates and at the times provided in the calendar to be posted on this redistricting webpage.  You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by filling out the form at the bottom of of this page under the Martinez Community Feedback section.


Upcoming Meetings & Workshops

Please continue visiting this webpage and the City's social media channels for upcoming meetings and workshops regarding the redistricting process.

     

 


Ad Hoc Redistricting Meeting Agendas

April 21, 2021

 

Recommend the City Council adopt a resolution approving the formation of the City of Martinez Independent Redistricting Commission.

 

Recommend the City Council contract with a firm providing demographic consulting services.

Agenda

March 24, 2021

 

Direct staff to prepare materials for a future meeting based on the Ad Hoc Committee's recommendations regarding the dicennial redistricting process.

Agenda

Related Council Meeting Agendas

May 5, 2021 City Council Meeting, Item #8
Adopt a resolution approving the formation of the City of Martinez Independent Redistricting Commission, and approve a contract with a firm providing demographic consulting services.
Agenda
March 3, 2021

City Council Meeting, Item #8

Resolution approving the formation of a Redistricting Ad Hoc Subcommittee

Agenda
January 20, 2021

City Council Meeting, Item A

Public information workshop and presentation from subject matter experts

Agenda

 


Martinez Community Feedback

If you would like to provide feedback on the re-districting process, please fill out the form below. 

Re-Districting Suggestion Box


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