Resolution re: An Inclusive Redistricting Process for Alameda County in 2021

Whereas, Alameda County Supervisorial District boundaries must be redrawn in 2021 for the
next 10 years, determining how communities are represented, address issues of common interest,
and which neighborhoods are divided or consolidated; and in the past, there have been few
requirements that redistricting be fair, transparent, and engage marginalized communities; and

Whereas, the Board of Supervisors has sought to include local communities through civic
engagement such as the successful Alameda County Counts census effort; and

Whereas, robust, safe, inclusive community engagement to develop district maps requires time
and resources to ensure digital access, diverse schedules, translation services, meeting notice,
and other requirements identified by best practices and AB 849 and 1276 (Bonta).

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Alameda County Democratic Party sends this resolution to the
Alameda County Board of Supervisors to urge them to allocate adequate resources and provide
policy direction to ensure an equitable and transparent redistricting process consistent with AB
849 and AB 1276 and the best practice guide of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Asian
Law Caucus*. Specifically, we expect that the 2021 Alameda County redistricting process will
achieve the following goals:

1. Protect and maintain communities of interest;
2. Include at least one public hearing regarding the proposed consultant who will develop
the map(s);
3. Include at least one public hearing regarding the proposed outreach plan for the
redistricting process;
4. Ensure the consulting firm and redistricting process as a whole offers accessible online
and in person opportunities to provide input regarding communities of interest, impact of
proposed lines, and other comments, questions, concerns, and ideas related to the
proposed maps;
5. Include accessibility approaches that remove physical, technological, language, and other
barriers to public participation including work schedules and family commitments;
6. Leverage the trusted messengers and communities of interest infrastructure put in place to
ensure a complete census count, including engaging community volunteers**;
7. Include meetings before and after proposed maps are created and at least two other
methods/opportunities for engagement accessible for each of the five districts;
8. Leverage the Municipal Advisory Councils, Interfaith Networks, and other existing
network/neighborhood infrastructure to communicate the importance of and opportunity
to participate in the redistricting process;
9. Provide adequate funding and personnel to accomplish these goals in partnership with
community volunteers; and
10. Provide meeting notices at least two weeks in advance, including notices of applicable
Supervisor and Committee meetings.

*Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. “Guide to Best Practices in
**The Alameda County Coalition for Fair Redistricting is eager to work with organizations to
help provide community volunteers.

Co-Sponsors: Michael Barnett and Igor Tregub

Paid for by the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 3937 Hayward, CA 94540-3937. 
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.