Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008

CITY OF BERKELEY REDISTRICTING PACKET NOW AVAILABLE
Members of the public are invited to submit their own plans to balance the districts or to participate in the redistricting public hearings.

Berkeley, California (Monday, July 11, 2011) - Residents who wish to submit a plan for new Berkeley City Council district boundaries will be able to pick up or download redistricting packets beginning Monday, July 11.

JULY 20 UPDATE: The deadline for submitting a redistricting packet has been extended to September 30. They will be available for public review on November 3, in advance of the November 15 public hearing. Visit the Redistricting Timeline for a complete list of dates.

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 (visit About Berkeley a for summary of Census data). The population shifts within each district are significant enough to require new district boundaries.

Members of the public are invited to submit their own redistricting plans or participate in the redistricting public hearings. By using the Proposal Submission Form, the Tract/Block Worksheet and the Proposal Map included in the Redistricting Packet, anyone can propose new district boundaries. Residents are also invited to the public hearings to see plan maps and participate in the discussion.

Although other local, state and federal laws apply, the basic goal of redistricting is fairly simple: redraw the Berkeley City Council district boundaries so that the districts are equal in population and preserve the original (1986) district lines as much as possible. The redistricting packets contain everything necessary to submit a plan to balance the City’s eight Council districts, including maps, Census population data by block, a list of legal requirements and considerations, the Submittal Form and Submittal Map.

The packet, CD and maps will be available in the City Clerk Department during regular business hours, beginning 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11. Packets will be available until the submission deadline, September 30.

City Clerk Department 
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center
2180 Milvia Street, First Floor
Berkeley, California 94704
Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(510) 981-6900

**Please note that City of Berkeley offices are closed on some Fridays as a cost-saving measure. Please refer to the Holiday and Reduced Services Calendar for a complete list of dates.**

Individuals and organizations can obtain the packets in a variety of ways.

Paper Format (complete packet, including maps and CD): $35
          • Explanation of redistricting process, requirements and local and state law;
          • Reference Map (34 inches by 44 inches color map contains current districts, 1986 district lines, current Councilmember residences, and population data for every City block);
          • Spreadsheet with Population Data (79 pages, includes demographic data for every City block);
          • Timeline for submissions and public hearing schedule;
          • Submission Form (required for plan submittal);
          • Track-Block worksheet (required for plan submittal);
          • Submission Map (22 inches by 34 inches, required for plan submittal).

Maps Only (Both Reference and Submission Maps included): $20

CD-ROM Only: $5
          Contains digital version of entire packet.

Website download:  No Charge 
          Download the entire packet or individual elements.

For more information or to download the packet, visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/redistricting.

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