DUBLIN — City Council considered a draft specific district map at its July 19 meeting, but stalled before a final selection.
The council instead asked its demographers hired at the National Demographics Corporation (NDC) to come back in August with variant maps that would move the area east of Village Parkway, near Dublin High School, from District One to District 2. .
As it stands, the preferred map, #112, uses north-south boundaries roughly along Village Parkway and I-680, and along Hacienda Drive and Tassajara Creek to define districts one and two, then divides the eastern part of the city along Gleason Drive. place district three to the south and district four to the north.
While the board and NDC juggled state and federal map-drawing guidelines in the selection process, such as balancing populations, maintaining geographic contiguity, and minimizing neighborhood divisions, the board has also recognized the challenges specific to the city.
“Dublin is a unique city in all of Alameda County because we have a jail; we have a prison; and then we also have Camp Parks,” Mayor Melissa Hernandez said.
The division process does not count those incarcerated in federal prisons, such as the city’s low-security Federal Correctional Facility, but does count those incarcerated in the county-run Santa Rita Jail.
Dublin decided earlier this year to move to a district system in response to a demand letter from Malibu law firm Shenkman & Hughes which accused the city of ‘racially polarized’ elections that violated California human rights law. 2001 ballot. The letter cited the inability of Indian American candidates to win council member seats in the 2018 and 2020 elections in Dublin to support his accusation.
Due to the timing of the process, Dublin will not launch the new system until its 2024 elections.
Map No 112 would create two districts – Districts Three and Four in the eastern part of the city – where the majority of Asian and Pacific Islander voters reside and make up 54% of Dublin’s voting-age population, according to NDC.
“When we talk about communities of interest, when we talk about voters, we want to hold them together because it concentrates their power to be able to choose a representative of their choice,” said Deputy Mayor Jean Josey.
In addition to district boundaries, the council also discussed an election sequence moving forward.
“We’re going to have two of the districts up for election in 2024 and two of the districts up for election in 2026,” said NDC consultant Kristen Parks. “Think of it as a deployment; we just have to decide where to start the deployment.
To that end, the council unanimously agreed to hold elections for Districts One and Three in 2024, and then Districts Two and Four in 2026. Council members Michael McCorriston, who lives in proposed District 1, and Sherry Hu, who lives in proposed District 3, both terms out of their current four-year seats at large in 2024.
The council mayor’s seat will remain at-large.
NDC will return to City Council with the map alternatives requested next month for the final public hearing of the Dublin District Process.