How can I get involved in the districting process?

The districting process was designed to be as transparent and accessible as possible. You are invited attend one or more of the 5 City Council hearings to provide input in person. Please see below for the schedule. You can also provide input by mail or email or by dropping off materials to the City Clerk. Please see below for contact information.

When and where are the hearings?

The Public Hearings will take place:

  • February 13, 2018; 7pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
  • February 15; 7pm; 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA, 94531
  • March 10, 2018; 9am; Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
  • March 27, 2018; 7pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
  • April 10, 2018; 7pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
  • May 8, 2018; 7pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509

How are the districts drawn?

Generally, the following criteria are used to draw the council districts:

  • Each district should contain nearly the same number of people;
  • Boundaries shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the United States Constitution and the Federal Voting Rights Act;
  • Council districts shall consist of contiguous territory in as compact form as practicable;
  • Districts shall follow visible features and boundaries when possible;
  • Council districts shall respect communities of interest as much as practicable. Communities of Interest generally refers to a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of fair and effective representation;
  • The demographer will disregard the location of incumbents and candidates, as well as the interests of political parties.

In summary, this means the following:

  • We will use a mapping program to construct districts after public input has been received.
  • Census data will be used to find out how many people live in each part of the city and ensure that each district contains roughly the same number of people.
  • Census geography will be used to ensure that the districts are compact and contiguous
  • We will collect and utilize Community of Interest data from the residents of Antioch to use in the building of districts.
  • We will not use any address information for current council members or potential candidates or use political party affiliation or information in the drawing of districts.

How many people should be in each district?

As counted by the 2010 Census, the City of Antioch had a total population of 102,710. Because the decennial census is the only survey that counts everyone, we have to use those data to draw districts. There will be 4 council districts. To figure out the ‘ideal population’ for each council district, take the total population (102,710) and divide it by the number of districts (4) which equals 25,678 persons.

Do we use the number of voters to draw districts?

Districts are drawn using the total population as counted by the last census. Everyone who was counted, irrespective of age or other demographics has to be assigned to a district. Districts are not equalized using voters, registered voters or citizens.

What happens at the public hearings?

The hearings will be led by our districting consulting team are designed to be as accessible and transparent as possible. The hearings will have 3 phases. They will begin with a presentation to give an overview of the process and the criteria. After that, there will be an opportunity to mingle, study maps of the city and talk to the consultants and other residents to prepare input. Finally, the hearings will resume to allow for formal public input to be presented by attendees. The consultants will be able to show the area that the input focuses on using mapping software and a projector. The consultants will use the public input in constructing the draft maps.

What information do you need from me?

One of the criteria to draw maps is called “Communities of Interest” or COI. Because there are no datasets available for Communities of Interest, we appreciate your help to define them for the City of Antioch. A COI is a group of people in a defined geographic location that share a common bond or interest. The City’s districting criteria define Community of Interest as “a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of fair and effective representation.” Please tell us what defines your Community of Interest, where it is located and why it should stay together.

We have developed a handout that explains this in detail and provided a form to fill out along with a document that explains how to use free online software to make a map.

Why should I get involved in the districting process?
We would like to hear from you so we can make informed decisions about where to draw district lines. Specifically, we need information from you about your neighborhoods and communities of interests. You are the expert who knows your communities and neighborhoods! If we know the geographic locations of the Communities of Interest in Antioch, we can consider them when drawing lines and we won’t inadvertently split them! Keeping communities together in the same district can help to get more responsive representation.

How do I get answers to additional questions?
If you have more questions, we are available to answer them!

  • You can attend the community meeting or any of the City council hearings
  • Or email your question to: DistrictElections@ci.antioch.ca.us
  • Or mail your question to: City Clerk, 200 H Street/P.O. Box 5007, Antioch, CA, 94531-5007
  • Or call us: (925) 779-7009

What is the timeline?

The districting process timeline is prescribed by the California Election Code. Section 10010(b) requires that 2 hearings, no more than 30 days apart, are held prior to the development of a draft map. In order to enable resident participation in this process, the City is holding a third public hearing at which draft maps will be discussed and the council will have an opportunity to make changes to the maps live and in public. Two additional hearings, no more than 45 days apart, are required after a proposed map has been drawn. The entire process has to be completed within 90 days after the City council passed the resolution of intent.

February 13, 2018  Public Hearing 1 – Public Input
February 15, 2018  Public Hearing 2 – Public Input
March 10, 2018 Public Hearing 3 – Public Input; Reviewing maps and creating an official Draft map
March 27, 2018  Public Hearing 4 – Reading of the Ordinance
April 10, 2018  Public Hearing 5 – Adoption of Ordinance and Districts
May 8, 2018  Public Hearing 6