The City of Napa Launches New Redistricting Website and Seeks Input from the Public on Redrawing District Boundaries
NAPA, California – As a kick-off to the 2021-2022 Redistricting process, the City of Napa has launched a new Redistricting website which features an online Community of Interest Worksheet in order to seek input from the public on redrawing district boundaries. The City of Napa will begin an educational campaign about Redistricting to share information and start spreading the word on how to participate in the process.
What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. Each city with district-based elections is required to update (“redistrict”) the district boundaries every ten years, following the receipt of updated population data from each federal decennial census.
Since the City of Napa has district-based elections for four Councilmembers, the City is required to redistrict the district boundaries prior to the next election of Councilmembers in 2022. Councilmember Districts 2 and 4 were on the ballot on November 3, 2020, and Councilmember Districts 1 and 3 will be on the ballot on November 8, 2022.
Although the City recently established the district boundaries on May 5, 2020 for the November 2020 election, the boundaries are based on the 2010 federal census, which means the City must now update the boundaries through the Redistricting process based on the 2020 federal census. It is anticipated that the 2020 federal census will be published and available to the City by September 30, 2021. For more information regarding the City's transition to District Elections in 2020, please visit the District Elections webpage.
Why does Redistricting matter to me?
As mentioned above, every ten years, local governments use new data from the Census 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 community workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.
The City of Napa is asking for your help to draw new district boundaries for Councilmembers. The finalized maps that you will help us create will change how you elect your Councilmembers for the next ten years. Our primary goal when redrawing Councilmember 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? Your input is needed to redraw voting districts for Councilmembers, and one way you can participate is by assisting the City in developing a list of “communities of interest” or “COI” that can be utilized in the process to redraw district lines.
What do the existing Council districts look like?
You can find a map of the City’s current Councilmember districts here.
What is a Community of Interest (COI)?
A Community of Interest is a group of people that: share common social or economic interests, live in a geographically definable area, and should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future elections.
There are some communities of interest that are considered “protected classes” in that they have rights through state or federal civil rights or voting rights laws. Some examples of protected classes in districting would be ethnic and racial minorities such as a concentration of Latinx, Asian, or African American people.
There are other potential COI that can also be considered in Redistricting, such as: senior citizens, college students, people who live in a particular neighborhood, or even people who share concerns such as parents with young children, bicycle enthusiasts, topic interest group, etc.
COI does not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
What You Can Do to Participate in the Process
Provide your comments on your community of interest by completing the online COI worksheet.
Complete the COI worksheet and return by email to email@example.com, or return a hard copy to City Hall, City Clerk's Office, 955 School Street. If you need additional space for your responses to the questions, then please feel free to attach a sheet of paper.
Attend one of the City's Public Hearings and Community Workshops.
The community's input in the development of the redrawing voting districts is extremely important to the Redistricting process. A series of public hearings along with Community Workshops will be held to receive community input on the development of district boundaries. For more details regarding public hearings and community workshops, please visit our Redistricting Schedule webpage for the most up-to-date information.