Residents can shape the future of the Bellflower City Council by drawing new district maps
City of Bellflower residents can now use newly available mapping tools to draw and submit maps as part of the City’s redistricting process. Redistricting is different from most issues that come up in City government. Instead of residents being limited to saying they support or oppose a City-prepared ordinance or resolution, they can draw a map themselves.
The way Council districts are drawn determines how effectively a community is represented in the halls of government because the new election lines determine which communities are placed in each district, and voters within each district will elect one of their own as a Council Member. Therefore, the City of Bellflower is seeking input on creating and selecting the next district map for its five districts.
Understanding that individuals process information differently and have various comfort levels with technical applications, the City is offering residents different mapping tools to both gain insights about the City and draw new maps for consideration. These include:
- Paper maps with population counts that can be printed, drawn on and submitted to the City via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to City Clerk’s Office,16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706;
- A simple online map drawing tool called DistrictR which will enable residents to digitally draw neighborhoods or communities of interest on top of a City of Bellflower map;
- Caliper’s Maptitude Online Redistricting mapping tool where maps can be drawn census block by census block and submitted electronically;
- An interactive review map, similar to Google maps, where residents can explore population numbers and other statistics, as well as view and analyze draft maps once they are available; and
- Story Map, which utilizes an interactive “storytelling” format so that residents can learn more about their community through geographic, demographic and other data.
These mapping tools have been added to the City’s redistricting website at drawbellflower.org/draw-a-map/ so residents can access and provide detailed feedback at their convenience.
In addition to submitting maps, community members can also participate and provide feedback during upcoming public hearings hosted by the City Council. As hearing dates become available, information will be published on the City’s dedicated redistricting website at drawbellflower.org.
The website also includes a variety of resources including meeting recordings, background information on redistricting, a tentative schedule of participation opportunities, frequently asked questions and resources for drafting maps and sharing feedback on previously drawn maps.
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Allison Torres, Redistricting Outreach Consultant