The newly formed Sacramento Independent Redistricting Commission is asking city of Sacramento residents to help shape the future of Sacramento by participating in the redistricting process.
Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, the City of Sacramento must re-establish the boundaries for City Council districts. The resulting Council district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with local, state and federal rules governing the redistricting process.
The Sacramento Independent Redistricting Commission (SIRC), which includes 13 commission members, was formed in 2020 to set Council district boundaries.
“Every Sacramento resident has an opportunity to participate in the City of Sacramento redistricting process,” said the City’s Community Engagement Manager Lynette Hall. “The commission wants to collect community feedback as they redraw district lines. There are many ways to participate.”
Here are five ways for the community to participate in the redistricting process:
- Attend community meetings. Each City Council district is hosting a virtual meeting where the public can attend and provide feedback on the redistricting process. Meetings are being held virtually from 5:30 – 7 p.m. starting May 12 through Sept. 8. Find your district’s meeting here.
- Call in to public meetings to make live comments by phone. All meetings of the SIRC will have a call-in option for the public to make comments to the commissioners. The phone number and process for calling in will be posted on each meeting agenda. The next meeting is scheduled for Wed. May 12.
- Submit eComments on an SIRC posted agenda on the City website.
- Submit comments anytime on the City’s redistricting website. Comments will be available for the public and the commissioners to review.
- Submit a redistricting map (coming soon). An interactive map-drawing tool on the City’s website will be made available to commissioners and the public immediately following the release of the U.S. Census data. The date has been delayed due to COVID-19 and will likely be made available in July/August 2021. This tool will allow groups and individual members of the public to draw maps and submit those maps to the commission.
Lastly, the City is providing outreach stipends to community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, PBIDs, social influencers and more; to reach, inform and engage every resident in City of Sacramento about what redistricting is, why it’s important and how to be involved.
Selected outreach providers will be asked to:
- Share messaging with City of Sacramento residents
- Share approved digital content twice per week for the duration of the campaign
- Safely distribute pieces of collateral material (i.e. flyers, door hangers, etc.)
- Participate in social media activation events
- Display Redistricting Campaign posters in locations visible to community members
- Attend a training webinar
- Share Redistricting messaging during community-facing virtual or in-person meetings/webinars
Apply for a stipend on the City’s website.