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Redistricting City Council Boundaries
The City of Sacramento must reapportion (redistrict) City Council District boundaries every ten years following the U.S. Census. The resulting district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with local, state, and federal rules governing the redistricting process.
According to the 2010 Census, the total population for the City of Sacramento was 466,488 which was a 14.6% increase from the 2000 Census. Consequently, it was anticipated that there would be changes to Council District boundaries.
Given the significance of changes in population, clear communication about redistricting, community participation and transparency were essential throughout the process. Following the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, the Sacramento City Council implemented a community-based participatory process for redistricting that included community outreach, instruction and the development of tools to aid the redistricting process.
In addition, the Council adopted a resolution on February 8th, 2011, approving the Sacramento Redistricting Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee enhanced community participation and assisted the public and Council with the creation of a new council boundary map.
2010 Census redistricting data was released on March 8, 2011. The City Charter states that the Council shall commence and complete the redistricting process within six months of the release of the Census redistricting data.
Summary and timeline of the steps to complete the restricting process:
January 2011: Council Consideration and Approval of the Redistricting Process
February-March 2011: Community Education on Process
March 8, 2011: Data Released by Census
April-May 2011: Census Data, Tools, and Outreach/Training Available for Community
April-June 2011: Citizens Advisory Committee Meets
June-August 2011: Council Considers Redistricting Recommendations, Comments, and Proposals
September 6, 2011: Council Adopts Final Resolution for New Boundaries