Districting is different than most issues that come before the City Council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, now you can draw the map yourself!
Using the links below, you can use the "One-Page Map" to draw a plan that follows the borders you think work best, with equal populations in each district. Or use the "Detailed Kit" to review the specific demographic data for each "Population Unit" of geography before deciding in which district to place each area. If you are comfortable using Microsoft Excel, use the "Excel Kit," together with the map of population units in the "Detailed Kit," to have Microsoft Excel calculate the population and demographics of each district as you draw them.
You can draw a plan containing four districts that cover the entire City. Or draw just the one district you think works best for your neighborhood. The City Council welcomes and encourages whatever you wish to submit.
While the kits and supplementary maps below can be useful tools, you do not have to use them. Feel free to draw your proposed district(s) on any handy map, sketch them on a piece of paper, use your own software, or draw it any other way you like. But however you do it, we want to see your proposal.
Please draw your map, explain your goals and choices, and submit your map at the City Clerk's office or send it to the City's demographic consultants (you can even just take a picture with your phone and email it in!). Details are below.
In order to have the maps available for viewing and discussion, the City's demographic consultants need to publish the maps one week before the meeting at which they may be discussed. For the May 18th meeting, maps should be submitted by May 10th, 2017 and for the May 30th meeting, maps should be submitted by May 22nd, 2017.
Public Participation Kits:
(For each kit element, click on "English" to get the English version, or "Spanish" to get the Spanish version.)
Detailed Kit Download in English or Spanish
Use as much, or as little, of this Adobe PDF format, information-rich packet as you find useful. The packet contains the following:
- a page of instructions
- a list of the districting criteria for drawing and selecting plans
- a demographic profile of the City
- a map of "Population Units" of geography and the total population count for each Unit.
- a map of key street names and landmarks in the City
- a map of "Population Unit" identification numbers for use with the demographic data included and/or with the Microsoft Excel kit
- a table of detailed demographic data for each Population Unit
- three blank Population Unit maps that you can use to draw and submit your proposed plan(s)
Excel Kit Supplement Download in English or Spanish(Click and then save to your own computer)
Designed to be used with the map of Population Unit identification numbers in the Detailed Kit, this Microsoft Excel file will add up the demographic data for each proposed district. The user need only enter the desired district assignment for each Population Unit.
For users already familiar with Microsoft Excel, this file greatly simplifies the math of drawing plans. But anyone unfamiliar with Microsoft Excel can still draw plans with the One-Page or Detailed kits at the links provided above.
Questions about using the kits? Wondering where to send it in?
Send in your proposal, or ask your question, to NDC:
Douglas Johnson or Justin Levitt
PO Box 5271, Glendale, CA 91221;
phone and fax: 818-254-1221;