The deadline to submit maps for Council's consideration at its third public hearing is January 25, 2022. Public mapping tools are available to assist the public in drawing maps. There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest. In addition to drawing maps, there are tools available for submitting feedback on Communities of Interest.

When drawing a map, please keep the criteria listed below in order of priority:
1. Each district must have close to equal populations as the other districts (Recommended between 8,448 and 9,338 people)
2. Shall comply with the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.
3. Districts must be contiguous (share a common border), and may not be separated by water
4. To the extent practicable, identified communities of interest and neighborhoods should not be divided
5. District boundaries should be understandable and easily identifiable (i.e., district along freeway or divided by landmark)
6. Districts should be compact (not bypassing one group of people to include a more distant group of people)

A variety of map-drawing tools are available:
1. Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.
Tools needed: 

  • Public Participation Kit - Paper Map w/ Population Count
  • Alternatively, submit any form of hand-drawn map that identifies street names.

2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals
Tools needed: 

3. DistrictR a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.
Tools needed:

4. Additional Map-Drawing Resources

If you would like to submit a map created using your own software, please email to [email protected] and include: (1) a GIS Shapefile and/or a Census Block equivalency file (using 2020 Census Blocks); and, (2) a description of the choices and key points of your map.

Submit maps to [email protected]. After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or using the interactive review map.  

It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your 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.