Do you know what City Council District you live in? I’m pretty sure most Oaklanders don’t, although I guess if you’re reading ABO, the answer to that question is probably yes. If not, you can find out here.
If your house happens to be near the border of your council district, there’s a decent chance you might find yourself living in a different one once the city’s redistricting process is complete. The map below shows the existing district lines.
In the interest of getting the discussion about local redistricting started early, and making sure it happens in a more transparent manner this time around than it has been in the past, the League of Women Voters Oakland will be devoting their January Hot Topics meeting to a discussion of the redistricting process.
From the League:
City Councils and other governmental bodies will soon turn their attentions to drawing new district lines for 2012 and beyond. This month’s discussion will center around the role of citizens in encouraging local processes that are as open and participatory as that envisioned for the new California Citizens Commission on Redistricting (which will also be discussed). Bring your thoughts and ideas for helping our local officials do the right thing.
Hot Topics meetings are free and open to everyone, including non-League members, so if you’re concerned about the local redistricting process, or even if you just want to learn more about the State Citizens Redistricting Commission, come on down.
The meeting will be held on Monday, January 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Redwood Heights Community Center at 3883 Aliso Avenue (off Redwood Road below Highway 13). If you’re car-free like me, you can take the #54 bus right there.