City of Garden Grove Redistricting Process
Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. The resulting city council district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with local, state, and federal rules. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city council member represents approximately the same number of constituents. Under Assembly Bill 849 (2019), cities and counties are required to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including non-English speaking communities. For the City of Garden Grove, this redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022. New Census data was recently released and can be accessed HERE.
- Why Does Redistricting Matter To Me?
- What Criteria Is Used To Determine District Lines?
- What Do The Existing City Districts Look Like?
- How Will the City Notify the Public About Redistricting?
- How Can I Get Involved?
- Where Can I Find Out More?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing city council members.
The City of Garden Grove will seek input in updating the district map for its six city council districts. Garden Grove residents will have an opportunity to share how they think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent the community.
To the extent practicable, district lines must be adopted using the following criteria, in order of priority: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
You can find a map of the City’s current city council districts here:
The City of Garden Grove will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City of Garden Grove will notify the public about redistricting workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
The City of Garden Grove will be holding workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Dates, times, and locations of those workshops will be posted HERE once they have been determined.
Questions or comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the redistricting team will get back to you.