For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mark Numainville, Acting City Clerk, (510) 981-6900

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, January 07, 2013) - Residents who wish to submit a plan for new Berkeley City Council district boundaries may now pick up or download the official redistricting packet. The packet, CD and maps are available in the City Clerk Department, 2180 Milvia Street, First Floor, Berkeley, California during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 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. Packets will be available until the submission deadline, March 15.

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 for a 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.

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,
        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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