The City of Santa Rosa will host a series of public hearings kicking off in December to collect input on how to redraw the City Council district boundaries for electing City Council members for the next decade. All interested community members are encouraged to participate in these hearings and by submitting a map, which can start being accepted on December 8.
Every ten years and following the national census, City Council districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each Council Member represents approximately the same number of constituents. Per the California Fair and Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political Subdivisions Act, these districts must be geographically contiguous, respect the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities, have easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers, be drawn to encourage geographic compactness, and shall not be drawn for the purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
In 2018, the City went to a district-based election model in line with the California Voting Rights Act, with all seven current Council Members elected within these districts. This new redistricting effort would update those lines, with City Council approving the final district map in 2022.
The City of Santa Rosa and Redistricting Partners, the third-party contracted to assist in this process, will host multiple public hearings and at least one community meeting to educate the public about redistricting and to gather in-person maps drafted by members of the public. The current public meeting schedule is:
- December 7, 2021 – City Council meeting to discuss the pre-map process
- January 2022 (Dates TBD) – Community meeting or meetings to garner feedback and receive draft maps from the public in person
- January 25, 2022 – City Council meeting to review draft maps
- March 1, 2022 – City Council meeting to review final draft redistricting map
- March 29, 2022 – City Council meeting to review and/or approve final draft redistricting map
- *April 12, 2022 – City Council meeting to approve final draft redistricting map
(* if further revisions are required for the final draft map following the March 29 meeting)
Following the final approval by City Council of the final draft map, the updated district-based elections lines will be used for the first time for the 2022 General Election.
For more information, go to srcity.org/Redistricting.