April 29 6:00 pm N. Berk. Senior Center Berkeley Redistricting Meeting

The seven plans to redraw City Council district borders have been published on the City’s website  or you can see them along with discussion by reporter/editor Lance Knobel at Berkeleyside. To use our links to the stories, click  arrow to the full story.

The plans and an analysis of the plans will be discussed in a public hearing during the May 7 City Council meeting. The plans will be made available to the public as part of the City Council agenda packet, which will be published on April 25. The plans will also be available that day on www.CityofBerkeley.info/redistricting.

The League of Women Voters will moderate the meeting. The plans’ authors have been invited to present their maps to the public and answer questions. City staff will also be available to answer questions about the analysis and the redistricting process in general.

The Plans are the first to be presented after the passage of Measure R (Redistricting) by 66% in the November, 2012 election. Measure R removed the explicit description of district boundaries from the City Charter.  The principal new provisions for drawing district boundaries are:  districts must have roughly equal populations, boundaries must follow logical divisions (such as major streets), and current Councilmembers’ residences must remain in their current district.  Sherry Smith, representing LWVBAE, moderated the first community meeting on January 24, where City Staff described the redistricting process and answered questions.

Upcoming key dates (all in 2013) are as follows:

Apr 25  All redistricting proposals made available to public

Apr 29  6:00p Community meeting – submitters present proposals,  North Berkeley Senior Center

May 7  First Public Hearing by Council

July 2  Second Public Hearing by Council

Sep 10  Final proposal in form of ordinance  Council adopts first reading of new district boundaries

Sep 17  Council adopts second reading.

Oct 13  Effective date of Redistricting Ordinance

Dec 31  Statutory deadline for Council to adjust boundaries by ordinance

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