Redistricting

Every ten years, local governments are required to use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach. These districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. For the City of Tehachapi, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022. 

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember.

The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. City residents have an opportunity to share with the City Council how they think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent their community.

What do the existing council districts look like? 

The interactive map of the City Council districts in the City of Tehachapi can be found below. Residents can type in their address in the upper left corner of the map to learn which district they reside in.

Election District Maps

How can I get involved? 

All hearings will take place at the Tehachapi Police Department Community Room, 220 West C Street. City Council Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Start times for hearings during City Council meetings are TBD. All public hearing notices will be posted in the Tehachapi News and on the City Hall bulletin board at least 10 days prior to the scheduled meeting. Maps considered for adoption will be posted on-line at least 20 days prior to approval. If you plan to attend the public workshop, you are encouraged to bring a laptop for hands-on learning. Wifi will be provided.

 The schedule below is subject to change. 

DateTimeLocationMaterials
Jan 18, 20226:00 pmTehachapi City Council Meeting - Initial Redistricting Study Results
TPD Community Room - 220 W C St
Public Hearing Notice
Staff Report and Attachments
Minutes
Feb 7, 20226:00 pmTehachapi City Council Meeting - Review of Draft Maps
TPD Community Room - 220 W C St
Public Hearing Notice
Feb 10, 20226:00 pmCommunity Workshop
TPD Community Room - 220 W C St
Public Hearing Notice
Mar 21, 20226:00 pmTehachapi City Council Meeting - Approval of Map & 1st Reading of Ordinance 
TPD Community Room - 220 W C St

April 4, 20226:00 pmTehachapi City Council Meeting - 2nd reading and approval of Ordinance
TPD Community Room - 220 W C St


What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.