December 9, 2011 > Board moves to redraw District boundaries
Board moves to redraw District boundaries
Submitted By Clarence Johnson
The AC Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, to solicit input on a proposal to redefine the wards from which directors are elected. The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. in the 2nd floor Board Room at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland.
Five of the seven Directors are elected from distinct wards; the other two are elected at-large. Federal and state laws require AC Transit to adjust its ward boundaries every 10 years to equalize populations following the completion of the federal census.
To aid in the redistricting process, the agency's Redistricting Committee and staff developed proposals that were vetted at a series of outreach meetings in October 2011. Community members, elected officials and interested parties were encouraged to attend the meetings and offer their views and recommendations.
The proposed boundaries, with descriptions, maps and demographics, were displayed at these meetings for public comment. The entire redistricting plans can be found at www.actransit.org (click on "Ward Redistricting").
The public was also able offer input and request information about the process and the proposed plans by emailing email@example.com. The District's wards are available online at www.redrawca.org (click on "See Local Lines" and select Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District). At this site, the public was able to draw communities of interest, draft plans and submit them to the District Secretary.
Finally, at the public hearing on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, the public will have another opportunity to express their views on the proposed new boundaries directly to the Board.
Additionally, public comment on the proposed Redistricting Plan can be made in writing (by letter, facsimile, or email) and must be received no later than Monday, December 12, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in time to be copied and provided to the Board for review.
Written comments, which will receive the same attention as verbal comments at the public hearing, should be addressed to the AC Transit Board of Directors, 1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, California, 94612; by facsimile at (510) 891-7157; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments may also be submitted by voicemail at (510) 891-7201. To leave comments in Spanish, call (510) 891-7291, or in Chinese, call (510) 891-7292.
Following the hearing, the Board may vote on a final Redistricting Plan for the ward boundaries.
For more information, visit www.actransit.org
Wednesday, Dec 14
AC Transit Board Meeting
2nd Floor Board Room
AC Transit Headquarters
1600 Franklin Street, Oakland