2022 Redistricting of Council Districts

The Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach, including to underrepresented and non-English-speaking communities. The City of Kingsburg is asking for your help to plan, draw, and redivide new City districts.

The finalized maps that you will help us create will define the five City of Kingsburg district borders, and these new districts will impact how you elect your Council Members for the next 10 years.

Our primary goal when developing election districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?  

How to participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

●    Submit written testimony about the process or a specific map to apalsgaard@cityofkingsburg-ca.gov.

At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:

●    Share your story

●    Define your neighborhood or community of interest

●    Explain why redistricting is relevant to your community

●    Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all [five] districts

●    Share your opinions of the draft maps

●    Talk to your neighbors and local organizations

Calendar

Schedule of Workshops and Public Hearings

Date              Time         Location                              Meeting Type    

09/01/2021    6:05pm    1401 Draper Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631                           Public Hearing (or Workshop).  Held prior to release of draft maps. Identify “neighborhoods,” “communities of interest,” and “secondary areas.”Mapping tools overview.   

10/06/2021    6:05pm    1401 Draper Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631                          Public Hearing (or Workshop). Held prior to release of draft maps. Identify “neighborhoods,” “communities of interest,” and “secondary areas.”Mapping tools overview.   

Release Draft Maps    Census data available Aug 16. Prisoner-adjusted data available up to six weeks later. Release draft maps after a three-week mandated waiting period, if applicable.   

02/16/2022    6:05pm    1401 Draper Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631                       Discuss and revise draft maps.Discuss election sequencing.Identify focus maps.

03/16/2022    6:05pm    1401 Draper Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631                        Identify preferred map. Adopt map.   

4/17/2022    Deadline to adopt map.   

Language interpretation and requests for disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or devices, may be arranged by emailing a request to apalsgaard@cityofkingsburg-ca.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Para solicitar traducción del idioma o una modificación por discapacidad, incluso los soportes auxiliares y los dispositivos, se puede mandar un correo electrónico a apalsgaard@cityofkingsburg-ca.gov  al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión.”

Written Public Comments Submitted

Draw Map

A variety of map-drawing tools are available and can be found here.

1.       Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.

Tools needed:

●    Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)

●    Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.

2.       Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals

Tools needed:

●    Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)

●    Public Participation Kit - Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)

3.       DistrictR a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.

Tools needed:

●    DistrictR

4.       Caliper’s Maptitude Online Redistricting mapping tool to draw maps census block by census block and submit maps electronically.

Tools needed:

●    Maptitude Online Redistricting mapping tool

Optional tutorials and guides:

●    Mapping tool quick start guide.

5.       Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them.  Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released).  Similar to Google Maps in ease of use.

Tools needed:

●    Interactive Review Map

6.    Story Map is an easy to use “story” of demographic and other data to learn about your community and identify “communities of interest.”  Story Map is similar to PowerPoint but interactive.  Story Map is to review and analyze data, not to create maps.

Tools needed:

●    Story Map

Submit maps to [EMAIL ADDRESS].  After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.  Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.  

It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria.  An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district.

Draft Maps

Once draft maps are submitted, a printable version of each proposed map will be listed below, including a second page providing the demographics of each district in each map.  The proposed election sequence for each map (listing which districts are proposed for 2022 elections and which are for 2024) is printed on each map.

The most detailed way to view each draft map is using the interactive review map.  The link takes you to a website where you can view all of the maps and zoom in and out to see the map details.

Draft Maps (listed by map number with link)

Focus Maps as of [Date] (listed by map number with link)

Adopted Map as of [Date] (listed by map number with link)

Map Submitter Comments (listed by map number with link)

FAQs

What is redistricting?

Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. In California, public agencies and other organizations must redivide (or redraw) the lines of their districts every ten years once the results of the Census are released so that each district is substantially equal in population. This ensures that each elected official represents about the same number of constituents.

All district lines must be reviewed to meet strict requirements for population equality,  voting rights protections, and in accordance with the California FAIR MAPS Act. With the California Voting Rights Act, more than 500 jurisdictions in California must redistrict in 2021-2022.

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing Council Members. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for electing Council Members. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community either during the public hearings or by submitting comments to apalsgaard@cityofkingsburg-ca.gov.

What do the existing City Council districts look like?

You can find a map of the City’s current City Council districts here.

What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

1.    Federal Laws

●    Equal Population (based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted by the State to reassign incarcerated persons to the last known place of residence)

●    Federal Voting Rights Act

●    No Racial Gerrymandering

2.    California Criteria for Cities (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)

1.    Geographically contiguous (areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous.  Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or ferry service are not contiguous.

2.    Undivided neighborhoods and “communities of interest” (Socio-economic geographic areas that should be kept together for purposes of its effective and fair representation)

3.    Easily identifiable boundaries

4.    Compact (Do not bypass one group of people to get to a more distant group of people)

Prohibited:

“Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”

2.    California Criteria for Counties (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)

1.    Geographically contiguous (areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous.  Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or ferry service are not contiguous.

2.    Undivided neighborhoods and “communities of interest” (Socio-economic geographic areas that should be kept together for purposes of its effective and fair representation)

3.    Undivided Cities and Census Designated Places (CDPs)

4.    Easily identifiable boundaries

5.    Compact (Do not bypass one group of people to get to a more distant group of people)

Prohibited:

“Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”

3.    Other Traditional Redistricting Principles

●    Minimize voters shifted to different election years

●    Respect voters’ choices / continuity in office

●    Future population growth

●    Preserving the core of existing districts

What are Communities of Interest?

A community of interest is a “contiguous population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.”

Below are useful excerpts from the Local Government Redistricting Toolkit by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (2020)

Communities of interest are the overlapping sets of neighborhoods, networks, and groups that share interests, views, cultures, histories, languages, and values and whose boundaries can be identified on a map.

The following elements help define communities of interest:

●    shared interests in schools, housing, community safety, transit, health conditions, land use, environmental conditions, and/or other issues;

●    common social and civic networks, including churches, mosques, temples, homeowner associations, and community centers, and shared use of community spaces, like parks and shopping centers;

●    racial and ethnic compositions, cultural identities, and households that predominantly speak a language other than English;

●    similar socio-economic status, including but not limited to income, home-ownership, and education levels;

●    shared political boundary lines from other jurisdictions, such as school districts, community college districts, and water districts.

How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance to [EMAIL ADDRESS].

The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings and workshops, post maps online before adoption, and maintain this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

How can I get involved?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

●    Submit written testimony about the process or a specific map to [EMAIL ADDRESS].

●    Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map.

●    Click here for information on drawing and submitting maps.

At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:

●    Share your story

●    Define your neighborhood or community of interest

●    Explain why redistricting is relevant to your community

●    Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all five districts

●    Share your opinions of the draft maps

●    Talk to your neighbors and local organizations

What do the acronyms and categories mean on the demographic sheets?

Common acronyms demographic categories:

NH: Non-Hispanic

VAP: Voting age population

CVAP: Citizen Voting Age Population

CVRA: California Voting Rights Act

FAIR MAPS Act:  Fair And Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political Subdivisions

NDC: National Demographics Corporation (the firm hired to produce the maps and provide demographic data)

Do I have to submit a completed map?

No, you do not need to submit a fully completed map.  You can draw boundaries for only your neighborhood or only a portion of the city.  It is helpful if you submit written commentary with your map describing why the particular neighborhood or area should be kept together in a single district.

Can I submit more than one map?

Yes, you may submit more than one map. Please draw as many maps as you like.  We suggest you submit only your top 2-3 preferred maps to assist the City Council in focusing on the map that best represents your community; however, there is no limit.

What happens to the drafted maps?

After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.

Once submitted, maps are considered public records.