San Lorenzo Express News

County Political Boundaries Are Changing

May 17, 2011

The boundaries of the county's five supervisorial districts are changing based on the 2010 federal census.

Every 10 years the federal government counts the number of individuals living in the United States. Following each decennial census, the county Board of Supervisors is required by state law to adjust the boundaries of any or all of the five supervisors' districts so that “the districts shall be as nearly equal in population as may be”.

In establishing the boundaries of the districts the Board may give consideration to the following factors: (a) topography, (b) geography, (c) cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and (d) community of interests of the districts. The county's Administrative Code requires that individual cities be contained intact within one district insofar as possible.

In addition, district boundaries must comply with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 to assure fair and effective representation for racial and language-minority groups.

The Board of Supervisors has established an Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee to oversee the redistricting process and advise the board on the process.

Individuals and community groups are encouraged to participate in the redistricting process. A series of public hearings will be held throughout the county, with at least one to be held in each of the current five districts, between May 28 and June 10. At these hearings various proposals for district boundaries will be reviewed and discussed.

The public may also submit written comments, as well as district map proposals, to the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee for consideration and review by the county's Community Development Agency. The deadline for the submittal of redistricting proposals is June 10.

On or around June 13 the Ad Hoc Redistricting Committee will present to the Board of Supervisors and the public all proposals. Work sessions may then be held between June 20 and June 30. A final redistricting plan is scheduled for action by the board on July 12, with the required second reading on July 26.

Local hearings are scheduled as follows:

Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., June 1, 6 - 8 p.m.

San Lorenzo Homes Association Hall, 337 Paseo Grande, June 2, 6 - 8 p.m.

Residents of unincorporated communities in Eden Township may also want to contact their respective county supervisor:

Nate Miley, District 4 (includes Ashland, Cherryland, and hillside neighborhoods) — Oakland office: tel. 272-6694, fax 465-7628. Castro Valley office (20999 Redwood Road, near the BART station): tel. 670-5717, fax 537-7289.

Wilma Chan, District 3 (San Lorenzo, portions of Ashland) — Oakland office: tel. 272-6693, fax 268-8004. San Lorenzo office (15903 Hesperian Blvd. near Paseo Grande): tel. 278-0367, fax 278-0467.

For current information see Supervisorial Redistricting.