The Yolo County Advisory Redistricting Commission is hosting multiple meeting to give residents an opportunity to speak about about their specific community interests and provide testimony to help commissioners and staff better understand how to best group communities and which communities or groups should not be split by district lines.
Residents of the western Yolo area are invited to attend community meetings hosted by Redistricting Commissioner Mia Durham. Currently these are all in-person events, with an exception of the Sept. 20 meeting. Organizers are exploring a hybrid option. To RSVP or ask questions for any of the following meetings, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yolo County residents can visit the Advisory Redistricting Commission’s webpage to give it a go at drawing where they think district lines should lay. On the webpage, scroll down to the “Submit a Map” section to locate the mapping tool and instructions in both English and Spanish.
The listing of Advisory Redistricting Commission community meetings are:
Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 6–7 p.m. at Esparto High School (26675 Plainfield St., Esparto).
Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6–7 p.m. at Matchbook Wine Company (12300 County Road 92B, Zamora).
Monday, Sept. 20 from 5–7 p.m. is being hosted online.
Monday, Sept. 27 from 5–6 p.m. at the Winters Public Safety Facility (702 Main St., Winters).
Information about the commission’s task and background information can be found on Yolo County Advisory Redistricting Commission’s webpage at bit.ly/3lvfmMW.
The advisory redistricting commission will be taking input from community members and ultimately proposing the district map options for the Board of Supervisors to consider in November.
The advisory commission is composed of five members directly appointed by County supervisors — one from each district — and two more members selected by those five appointees.
Under guidelines provided by supervisors, the commission is expected to draft at least three alternative district maps for the board to consider, each with the following criteria:
* No more than two districts intersecting a city
* No more than two cities within each district
* Each district includes incorporated and unincorporated areas
* District boundaries shall not be drawn to disadvantage or isolate a minority population
The county is required to complete the process by Dec. 15.
*Anne Ternus-Bellamy contributed to this article.