On January 23, 2018, the City Council authorized staff to commence the process to transition from at-large elections to by-district elections. Starting in November 2018, the City Council will be elected by-district, meaning that city council members have to live in the district they represent and voters residing in each district will elect their respective council member. Antioch will continue to have four City Council members and a mayor who will be elected by all voters in the City.
We need your help!
The City Council would like to hear from all residents of Antioch about where the district boundaries should be drawn. In order to enable everyone to participate, the Council has decided to implement a transparent process consisting of public input hearings, a live map-drawing session and hearings at which feedback will be collected. Residents will also be able to communicate with the City’s districting team via this website, by sending input by email, regular mail and fax, or dropping off input at the City Clerk’s office. The interactive web-mapping tool on this website is designed to provide information about the geography and total population of the city, and will incorporate potential maps of the districts as those are developed. This webpage will serve as the portal to all news about the districting process and handouts, documents, reports and other important info will be available here; please check back frequently for updates!
Our districting criteria:
All electoral districts have to be drawn using specific criteria to comply with the state and federal constitutions, state law, and the federal Voting Rights Act.
Most important are criteria one and two:
1.) Equal population
(Districts must roughly contain the same number of residents counted in the last census)
2.) Compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act
Other districting criteria include Contiguity, Compactness and Respect for Communities of Interest (which may be neighborhoods or other areas in which people share a common interest important to the Council districts). There may be other criteria the council decides to include. We will provide information about how these criteria are defined in the hearings and on this website. The most important criterion on which the council will need your help with is where Communities of Interest are located in the City. If you would like to provide information about your Community of Interest, please use this form:
February 13, 2018 – 7pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
February 15, 2018 – 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 or thereafter; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
April 10, 2018 – 5:30pm-7:00pm; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
April 10, 2018 – 7pm or thereafter; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
May 8, 2018 – 7pm or thereafter; Antioch Council Chambers, 200 H Street, Antioch, CA, 94509
We will update this section as soon as the additional meeting time and location is finalized. Please check back frequently for updated information!
To encourage community involvement, a community outreach plan is being put into effect to ensure all residents will have the opportunity to participate. The plan includes five public hearings during which the new districts will be discussed and shaped, this dedicated districting webpage that will be updated throughout the process to provide up-to-date information, press releases, city-wide outreach, newspaper ads and collaboration with interested organizations throughout the community. There will be a translator available at every hearing, please let us know if you would like to use our translation services!
The public hearings are designed to be as accessible and transparent as possible. During the first two hearings (on February 13 and 15) members of the public will be able to provide input on the district composition before any draft maps are developed. The City attorney along with the City’s demographer will present residents with an overview of the districting process and explain the applicable criteria. The public will be given time to talk to staff and fellow residents before providing input.
At the third hearing, on March 10, 2018, the demographer will present one or more working draft maps that will be developed based on input received at the first two meetings. The City Council will review the working draft(s) of the district map(s) during the meeting and give direction to the demographer on how to modify the draft(s), which will be done live and in public. If more than one working draft is presented by the demographer, the City Council will narrow the choice down and approve one draft map to move forward.
On March 27, 2018, Antioch City Council will meet again to discuss the draft maps.
On April 10, 2018, City Council is planning to host a workshop at 5:30-7pm to explore draft map changes. Later that evening, at 7pm, City Council will hold a public meeting to read the ordinance to put the district election into effect.
On May 8, 2018, City Council is planning on holding the final Public Hearing and will vote on adopting the ordinance for the by-district election system and district boundaries.