OAKLAND – Residents of Oakland who wish to influence the process of redefining its city council and school board voting districts have just over a week to do so.
Last week, the city’s Redistribution Commission – the body that was appointed to redraw the maps – reduced the number of proposed map projects to two. Oakland residents can review the proposed district maps and submit their comments to the panel by noon on December 30.
They can also speak or submit comments at the last committee meeting on December 30 at 5 p.m. The city’s charter requires the commission to adopt the new neighborhood plans by December 31.
During the redistribution process, the boundaries are redrawn for political representation at local and state level: geographic boundaries dictate who can vote for which elected leaders.
The seven Oakland districts are used for the Oakland City Council and Unified School Board elections. The process takes place every decade as census information is released to ensure that each district has an equal population.
To arrive at the two final draft maps it will consider next week, the commission – which began its public meetings in the fall – had asked residents to comment on “communities of interest,” such as neighborhoods. where many residents speak the same language. or an area with a neighborhood association.
One map, K3, would be a more dramatic change from the current district boundaries, if approved. This would create a large district to represent most of the Oakland Hills, instead of dividing those neighborhoods into four different city districts as they are now. And that would unify the areas right below them – the neighborhoods of Dimond, Laurel, Allendale, and Bartlett into one district.
The other map the commission will be looking at, F3, is closer to the boundaries of the existing district than the other map. It would not include a âhill districtâ but rather slightly shift some of the boundaries of the current districts.
People can view the maps on offer, influence the process, learn more about redistricting, or draw and submit their own maps by visiting www.oaklandca.gov/redistricting.
They can also submit public comments to [email protected] or complete process surveys directly at www.surveymonkey.com/r/oaklandredistricting.