2021 Independent Redistricting Process

Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census, the City of Roseville must re-establish the boundaries for City Council districts. The resulting council district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with state and federal rules governing the redistricting process.

In 2021, an Independent Redistricting Commission made up entirely of community members will be formed to establish district boundaries in a process that is free from special interests and political influence.

The Commission will consist of eleven members and five alternates. In a public setting, the City Clerk will randomly select the initial eight members of the Commission from the qualified applicants, two each from four geographic quadrants of the City: a northwest quadrant, a northeast quadrant, a southeast quadrant, and a southwest quadrant.

The commissioners selected shall thereafter select three (3) at-large commissioners and five (5) at-large alternates from the remaining applicants. The order in which the alternates shall be seated on the Commission as voting members shall be established by a random method at the time they are selected. The selection must be made at a publicly noticed meeting after the public has had the opportunity to provide written and oral comment.

The commissioners shall make each selection on the basis of the applicant’s relevant analytical skills, ability to comprehend and apply the applicable state and federal legal requirements, familiarity with the City’s neighborhoods and communities, familiarity with the City’s demographics and geography, ability to be impartial, and apparent ability to work cooperatively with other commissioners. Alternates may fully participate in Commission deliberations but may not vote and may not be counted towards the establishment of a quorum. Alternates are subject to the same terms of office, qualifications, restrictions, and standards of conduct as other commissioners.

As an independent body, the Commission will be empowered to adopt the district boundaries, without City Council approval. The district map developed by the Commission must follow all local, state and federal laws, be substantially equal in population, and be geographically contiguous. The Commission will be required to hold five public hearings, one in each council district, as they are developing the district boundaries. Maps drawn by the Commission will be available for 30 days for public review before the Commission votes on adoption.

Initial Seating of Eight Members By Random Draw:

6 p.m., Monday, April 19, Roseville City Council Chambers

Applicants are not required to be present

The drawing will be open to limited in-person attendance.  To remain in compliance with the state’s public health guidance, attendance will only be open to applicants.  Face coverings are required and will be provided to those who don’t have a mask.

Applicants can also view the drawing on Comcast channel 14, Consolidated Communications channel 73 and AT&T U-Verse.  The drawing will also be available to view on the City’s website and YouTube channel.

Selection of Three At-Large Members and Five Alternates By Eight Seated Members

6 p.m., Monday, May 10, Roseville City Council Chambers

Initial Eight Members Must Be Present

Remaining Applicants Can Be in Attendance to Answer Any Questions Prior to selection of the remaining members

The US Census Bureau has adjusted the date cities will be notified of redistricting counts and population changes. The data sets were originally set to be delivered by March 2021, but due to the pandemic, and the many lawsuits regarding the official count, cities will not have the data until September 30, 2021.

Timeline (updated January 14, 2021)

November 16, 2020 Application process begins
January 29, 2021 Staff to circulate request for proposals (RFPs) for professional consultant (demographer)
March 5, 2021 Application process ends at 5:00 p.m. 
March 5, 2021 Deadline for RFP proposals
March 22, 2021 Initial eight (8) Commission members selected at public meeting
April 5, 2021 Initial commissioners selected shall select three (3) at-large commissioners and five (5) at-large alternates from the remaining applicants at a public meeting
May 3, 2021 Commissioner training on Roseville City Charter Article XI, open meeting requirements, selection of Chair and Vice Chair – location to be determined
Spring 2021 The U.S. Census Bureau delivers census counts
June 1, 2021 Training on redistricting criteria and Commission selection of demographer – location to be determined
June 21, 2021 Census data, map drawing tools and outreach available to the Roseville community, public meetings begin  
July 2021 - October 2021 Independent Redistricting Commission holds meetings
November 2, 2021 Proposed deadline for Independent Redistricting Commission to adopt council district map and report
December 2, 2021 Commission transmits report and map to the City Council

Qualifications and Restrictions:

A. Each commissioner and alternate shall meet all of the following qualifications:

1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date of application.

2. Been a resident of the City for at least three (3) years immediately preceding the date of application.

B. A person shall not be appointed to serve on the commission if any of the following applies:

1. If the person or any family member of the person has been elected or appointed to, or been a candidate for, council in the eight (8) years preceding the person's application.

2. If the person or the person’s family member has done any of the following in the four (4) years preceding the person's application:

a. Served as an officer of, employee of, or paid political consultant to, a campaign committee or a candidate for council.

b. Served as a staff member or a political consultant to, or who contracted with, a currently serving councilmember or Placer County supervisor.

c. Contributed five hundred dollars ($500) or more in a year to any seated councilmember or current candidate for council, as adjusted pursuant to Section 2.60.065 of the Roseville Municipal Code.

3. If the person or the person’s family member served as an officer of, employee of, or paid consultant to, a political party or as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee in the eight (8) years preceding the person's application.

4. If the person currently serves as a staff member or a political consultant to an elected official holding a partisan office.

5. If the person is a paid employee of the City or a current City councilmember.

6. If the person is a paid employee of any redistricting contractor or consultant.

C. A commissioner shall not do any of the following:

1. While serving on the commission, endorse, work for, volunteer for, or make a campaign contribution to, a candidate for council.

2. Be a candidate for council if less than five (5) years has elapsed since the date of the member's appointment to the commission.

3. For four (4) years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission:

a. Accept employment as a staff member of, or political consultant to, a councilmember or candidate for council.

b. Receive a noncompetitively bid contract with the City.

4. For two (2) years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission, accept an appointment to the council.

D. The commission shall not be comprised entirely of members who are registered to vote with the same
political party preference

As used herein, “family member” means a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or in-law.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is redistricting? How is it different from the last process to convert to districts?
Every ten years, after receiving an updated U.S. Census report, local governments who conduct district elections must reestablish district boundaries. The Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission will use 2020 Census figures to realign district boundaries creating council districts that are balanced in population and in accordance with local, state and federal laws that govern the redistricting process.

The difference in this second redistricting process is that a group of community volunteers will work with residents to develop a report and a map. The report and map are then presented to the City Council. The City Council may not make any amendments to the map and must use the map for councilmember elections for the next ten (10) years.

Do I have to be an expert in redistricting to be on the Commission?
No, you do not already have to know about the redistricting process to serve on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission. An ideal applicant would be one who knows and cares about Roseville and its diverse neighborhoods.

What is the time commitment? When, how often, and how many hours?
The Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission will be formed on February 24, 2021, or as soon thereafter depending on COVID-19 restrictions. The Commission will receive training in March 2021. The Commission will meet approximately once a month from April to October 2021. The timeline to adopt a new council district map is November 2, 2021.

Is there a stipend for commissioners?
Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.

How do I apply to serve on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission?
Interested City residents can fill out the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission Application.  In addition to an application, all applicants shall file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) with the City Clerk.

Due to the Regional Stay at Home order, applications cannot be picked up or returned in person until further notice. Applications should be mailed to the Roseville City Clerk’s Department, 311 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678. The application deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Can I serve on more than one board, commission or committee?
No. If an applicant to the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission currently serves on another City of Roseville board, commission or committee, he or she may serve on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission if selected, as long as he or she agrees not to serve on another board or commission during his or her term of office on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission. Once sworn into office on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission, the commissioner shall be deemed to have forfeited their previous board, commission, or committee position.

What is the application timeline? When will I hear back about my application?
You can apply to serve on the Roseville Independent Redistricting Commission until January 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. The City Clerk and City Attorney will review all applications and create a qualified applicant list. The initial eight (8) Commission members will be selected at public meeting on February 24, 2021. The remaining Commission members and alternates will be selected by the previously seated commissioners at a public meeting on March 1, 2021. Alternates are expected to attend and participate in all Commission meetings.

Need assistance or have questions?

Please contact the Roseville City Clerk Department at cityclerk@roseville.ca.us or by phone at (916) 774-5200.