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City releases election district draft maps

Maps available here. Public input needed!

By Roberta Millstein

Today, the City of Davis released five draft maps for proposed districts for future City Council elections: three 5-district maps and two 7-district maps.  Recall from my previous post that it may be difficult to change the number of districts once the City decides, so that decision itself is as important, if not more important, than the maps themselves.

The maps are below, with their relevant data.  You can click on any image to enlarge it.

Important deadlines are coming soon for the City’s District Election process:

  • Oct. 5 – Farmers Market Tabling
  • Oct 8 – Public hearing #3 at City Council meeting; final opportunity to provide direction to modify district election maps
  • Oct 15 – Revised maps released to public
  • Oct. 19 – Farmers Market Tabling
  • Oct 22 – Public hearing #4 at City Council meeting; council to receive input on proposed maps and make final district election map decision

You can comment at City Council meetings on Oct 8 and/or Oct 22 (start 6:30 p.m. at Community Chambers, 23 Russell Blvd), and you can send comments to

Important note: The City has numbered the proposed draft maps, which it really shouldn't have, IMO (in comparison, the proposed school board district maps are labelled with colors like red and green).  But you should not infer that #1 is the most preferred or that #2 is the second-most preferred, etc.  I've kept the numbering scheme here only for the sake of  consistency. 

Remember that the City needs your input on which, if any, of these maps are satisfactory.


5-district draft map with data - Option 1:

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5-district draft map with street detail - Option 1:

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5-district draft map with data - Option 2:

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5-district draft map with street detail - Option 2:

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5-district draft map with data - Option 3:

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5-district draft map with street detail - Option 3:

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7-district draft map with data - Option 1:

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7-district draft map with street detail - Option 1:

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7-district draft map with data - Option 2:

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7-district draft map with street detail - Option 2:

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Bob Milbrodt

Thanks for posting this important information. Do you know if there is a source for the rules that were applied in drawing these lines? I think those rules are much more important than where the lines end up.
For example..
Since the school district is drawing 5 districts, should the city do the same?
Should the city and school districts follow the same criteria... generating similar district boundaries?

Roberta L. Millstein

Thanks, Bob. I summarize some of the main rules in a post here:

which drew on a presentation made to the City Council; slides here:

But I think the answer to your question is, no, the criteria are not quite the same, and doubtful that the districts could be the same. For one thing, the area of people who can vote in school board elections is geographically much larger than the area of people who can vote in the City Council election. For another thing, proximity to schools weighs much more heavily in the former than in the latter, which would also take into account cohesiveness of neighborhood, shopping at common locations, common interests, similarity of residents ("communities of interest"). In both cases, the populations represented by each district have to be roughly equal in number -- which given the difference in size of the total geographic area, might on its on mean that the districts couldn't have the same boundary lines (I haven't done the math to confirm that). I hope that explanation was clear... if it wasn't, I can try to explain it better.

As for whether there is an advantage to both having 5 or both having 7, even if the districts themselves are different -- maybe? I haven't thought about that.

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