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Duarte City Council To Hold Redistricting Public Hearings on January 11 and February 8, 2022

The Duarte City Council is holding its second redistricting Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and its third Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. All hearings will be held in the Duarte City Council Chambers (1600 Huntington Drive) starting at 7:15 PM.

Every ten years, cities with by-district election systems must utilize new census data to review, and if needed, redraw district lines to reflect how local populations have shifted. This process, called redistricting, ensures all districts have nearly equal populations.

At the second Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 11, residents will have the opportunity to share input on how they believe the boundaries for Council districts should be drawn. The City is seeking guidance on identifying communities of interest and other local factors that should be considered when drafting district maps.

Communities of interest are populations that share common social or economic interests. Many times, these communities of interest benefit from being in a single district to ensure equitable electoral representation. Some examples of communities of interest include:

  • School attendance areas
  • Natural dividing lines such as major roads, hills, or highways
  • Areas around parks or other neighborhood landmarks
  • Common issues, neighborhood activities, or legislative concerns
  • Areas where households speak a language other than English at home

At the hearing, the City’s demographic consultants will provide an overview of the available mapping tools. Paper and digital mapping tools will be available after the meeting on the City’s redistricting website, DrawDuarte.org. The public can submit draft maps to Redistricting@AccessDuarte.com by Thursday, January 27 for consideration at the next Public Hearing.

The City’s third redistricting Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 8 will focus on reviewing resident-submitted draft maps, providing feedback, and identifying its focus maps. If the Council presents no revisions at this hearing, a map may be selected for a preliminary first reading of the ordinance adopting Council’s new district map.

Learn more about the City’s redistricting process, how to submit public comments, and how to draw a map by visiting DrawDuarte.org.