Help shape the future of Berkeley’s Council districts
Every ten years, U.S. Census data is used to redraw Berkeley’s Council district boundaries. This ensures the districts are balanced for changes in population. Berkeley’s Independent Redistricting Commission (composed of 13 volunteers) wants to hear from you on how the boundaries should be drawn. Complete this form to tell the Commission about your community of interest so it can be considered in the redistricting process.
What is a “community of interest”?
A community of interest is a group of people in the same geographic area who share common social and economic interests.
Are there things that make your community unique when compared to surrounding areas? What characteristics do you share with your neighbors? How would you describe the area to a friend?
For example, some characteristics a community can share are:
• Business districts
• Shared transportation
• Cultural centers
• Economic interests
• Common neighborhood activities
Redistricting laws also prohibit a few things from being included when drawing district boundaries – such as political parties and candidates, or where current councilmembers live.
Use this “Community of Interest Form” to describe your community. You can upload additional documents if needed. Your input is essential and we welcome your comments.
You can attend public meetings to give more input on this topic. Visit our webpage for dates and times: www.cityofberkelely.info/redistricting. You can also email the Commission at email@example.com.