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.
What is Redistricting?
For the City of Stockton, council districts must be redrawn every ten years following the U.S. Census, so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city council member represents about the same number of constituents.
Who makes these changes and when?
In Stockton, the City Council is responsible for drawing council district boundaries. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Stockton, the redistricting process was completed on December 14, 2021.
Why does redistricting matter to me?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a council member.
The City Council sought input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. The public had an opportunity to share with the City Council how they thought district boundaries should be drawn to best represent their community.
What did the council districts look like prior to the adoption of the new map?
A map of the City's council districts is available on the City's website.
To determine which council district you live in, please use the About Your Address feature.
What did City Council consider when drawing district lines?
State of California Election Code:
To the extent practicable, district lines were adopted using the following criteria:
- geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next),
- the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division,
- geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division,
- easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and
- lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
City of Stockton Charter:
- The districts shall continue to be as nearly equal in population as may be according to the latest federal decennial census.
- The districts shall comply with the applicable provisions of the United States Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Section 1973 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended, and any other applicable provisions of federal or state law.
- In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the City may give consideration to the following factors:
- Cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and
- Community of interest of the districts
- Council districts shall be numbered sequentially with the Council District in the northeastern most section of the City numbered District 1.
How did our City Council notify the public about redistricting?
The City Council:
- notified the public about redistricting meetings through the Office of the City Clerk;
- posted proposed maps online before the maps were adopted;
- reached out to local media to publicize the redistricting process;
- made a good faith effort to notify community groups about the redistricting process;
- provided information at public meetings in applicable languages, if residents submitted a request in advance, and
- created a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
The City Council and the Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission held the following meetings where they received public input on where district lines should be drawn:
Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission
- August 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
- August 30, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Pre- Map Public Hearing
- October 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing
- October 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing
Stockton City Council
- September 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
- October 12, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.
- November 10, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at 5:45 p.m.
- December 7, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m.
- December 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
- Continued Public Hearing from December 7, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
Review meeting agendas:
Agendas for these meetings were posted:
- City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado Street
- covered parking area on the west side (Center Street side)
- Office of the City Clerk, 1st Floor
- Online at the City Council Meetings page.
Draw a Map
Community members were invited to use the public mapping tools to draw and submit a map. There were different tools for different purposes and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest. A variety of map-drawing tools were available:
- Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who preferred paper.
- Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals.
- DistrictR, was a simple online map drawing tool used to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.
Interactive Review Map was used to review, analyze, and compare maps, not create them. Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID numbers, and draft maps. This is similar to Google Maps in ease of use.
Maps were submitted to City.Clerk@StockonCA.gov. After they were submitted, the demographic consultants generated the population and other demographic details for proposed maps. Draft Maps can be viewed below or on the Interactive Review Map.
It was recommended that written comments were submitted with draft maps describing how the 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.
You can view the district 2020 demographics here.
Draft Maps presented to City Council
The following map was adopted by City Council December 14, 2021: Teal2 Map
Where can I find out more?
Email or call the Office of the City Clerk.
Meeting minutes and videos of the Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission are available under Board and Commission Online Meetings, under Archives.
Meeting minutes and videos of the Stockton City Council are available under City Council Meetings Online.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 12/16/2021