Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Richmond, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Richmond, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember.
The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You can contact the City Clerk via email to CityClerkDept@ci.richmond.ca.us or at (510) 620-6513 to find out more about how the process works.
You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here: Interactive Mapping Tool
1. Federal Laws
2. California Criteria for Cities (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)
Prohibited: “Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”
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 or workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings or workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
The City Council will be holding hearings or workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings or workshops will be held on:
|07/06/2021||Tuesday||7:00 PM||Richmond||1st pre-draft hearing|
|09/14/2021||Tuesday||7:00 PM||Richmond||2nd pre-draft hearing|
|01/18/2022||Tuesday||7:00 PM||Richmond||1st post-draft hearing|
|02/01/2022||Tuesday||7:00 PM||Richmond||2nd post-draft hearing|
You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing: CityClerkDept@ci.richmond.ca.us. See published agenda for other ways to participate; translation services will be available.
The City maintains a webpage on the city’s redistricting process here: www.ci.richmond.ca.us/redistricting
|7:00 PM||Richmond||1st pre-draft hearing||Notice of First Public Hearing|
Flyers (English) (Spanish)
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99312205643?pwd=MDdqNnRmS2k4ZkRTOWhlUldQOUF1Zz09
|7:00 PM||Richmond||2nd pre-draft hearing|
|7:00 PM||Richmond||1st post-draft hearing|
|7:00 PM||Richmond||2nd post-draft hearing|
City of Richmond City Clerk's Office
450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6513 Option 9