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#MAPITOUT TOOLKIT FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS

COMMUNITY TOOLKIT

RESOURCES TO HELP TALK ABOUT THE 2020-2021 INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING PROCESS AND HOW TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO APPLY TO SERVE ON THE CITY OF SACRAMENTO INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION (SIRC).

Welcome to the SIRC Community Toolkit presented by the City of Sacramento. This toolkit has been created to help community leaders and organizations encourage Sacramento residents to apply to serve on the independent redistricting commission. Community and organizational leaders can empower community members to get involved in this new and meaningful civic process.

As trusted neighborhood leaders and community connectors, your help is critical in promoting and inviting the movers and shakers in the community to complete an application to serve as a SIRC commissioner. The outcome of the independent redistricting process will affect the next ten years of Sacramento’s fiscal and developmental decisions. That is why it is important that city council district boundaries are defined by community members who understand and represent Sacramento’s diverse neighborhoods.

To support the talking points detailed in this document, we have also included a variety of content, images, and materials for your use. Simply post online, or print these materials to help recruit applicants and share the importance of serving on SIRC and being part of the independent redistricting process:

 

OVERVIEW

Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census, the City of Sacramento must reestablish council district boundaries. The resulting city council districts must be balanced in population in accordance with local, state, and federal rules governing the redistricting process. The SIRC will be comprised of 13 commissioners and two alternates. Potential commissioners must meet specific qualifications to ensure that the commission is free from special interests, politics, and political influence. Once selected, SIRC commissioners will hold public meetings, consider public input, and draft and approve council district maps. The commission will have the final authority to redraw council district boundaries that are equitable and equal.

Having qualified community members involved in this important process means:

  • Neighborhood interests will be represented and heard.
  • Map outcomes will be aligned with community priorities.
  • Every Sacramentan will have an equal voice in city government.

Participation in this commission matters to Sacramento’s neighborhoods, community-based organizations, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and to the people of Sacramento.

 

THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR INVOLVED COMMUNITY MEMBERS

The City of Sacramento is recruiting qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds living in each of the eight city council districts. Applications are due by May 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Applicants will be notified of next steps in September 2020 and SIRC commissioners selected by December 1, 2020. Training and public meetings will begin in February 2021.

The ideal applicant is:

  • registered to vote in the City of Sacramento.
  • a civically engaged Sacramento resident.
    • Applicants must have lived in the City of Sacramento for at least ten years.
    • OR have voted in two of the last three primary city elections.
  • knowledgeable of Sacramento’s diverse neighborhoods and people.
  • dedicated to shaping the future of Sacramento for the next decade.

See redistricting.cityofsacramento.org for full qualifications and requirements.

 

HOW TO TALK ABOUT SIRC AND INVITE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO APPLY

To help reach potential applicants in the community, we have developed a few talking points about applying to and serving on SIRC:

  • Shape your neighborhood’s future. City council district boundaries that are drawn during the independent redistricting process will be in effect for the next decade.
  • Give communities a voice. The City of Sacramento Independent Redistricting Commission will shape districts to be a fair representation of neighborhoods and ensure that every Sacramento resident has an equal voice in city government. These decisions will impact future elections and political decisions.
  • You don’t currently need to be an expert in the redistricting process. The City of Sacramento will work with SIRC commissioners to provide education, tools, and resources needed to have a successful outcome.
  • This is a brand new process for the City of Sacramento. Not only will you shape Sacramento, your work will affect how the city moves forward with future independent redistricting processes.
  • Fill out the online application by May 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Applying takes less than 30 minutes. Fill out the application here.