City redistricting begins

New Chico City Council boundaries to be decided by April 15

Claudio Gallegos with ARDA Demographics gives a presentation via Zoom on Chico City Council redistricting at the Tuesday (Feb. 1) meeting.

The city of Chico has kicked off the council redistricting process. The first public hearing was held during this week’s regular council meeting (Feb. 1).

A final district map is due to the Butte County registrar by April 17. According to a schedule released by the city, there will be three more public hearings during council meetings—Feb. 22, March 1 and March 15—at which the community is invited to provide input on the configuration of the districts being redrawn in the wake of the 2020 U.S. census.

ARDA Demographics, the consultant hired by the city, has provided district-mapping tools which can be found on the city’s website. Draft maps from the public must be submitted by Feb. 15, at 5 p.m., to be considered.

The new districts will be implemented for the November election. At that time, city council districts 2, 4 and 6 will be contested, and district 3 will be open for a half term to finish off the remaining two years of the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Kami Denlay, who resigned last June.

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