Criteria to Guide Redistricting
These are the same criteria that the board adopted to guide the redistricting process undertaken last year, in response to Assembly Bill 466. There is no priority or ranking implied by the order in which the criteria are listed. The recommended criteria are based on principles and criteria established by both the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara in their last redistricting process.
- Comply with all applicable laws, including the avoidance of gerrymandering.
- Equalize the population count in each district within 5-7%.
- Minimize the dilution of votes, and avoid the fragmentation or the over-compaction of ethnic communities.
- Maintain cohesive neighborhoods within districts and, where possible, keep neighborhood associations within a single district.
- Avoid moving current elected district board members out of their districts.
- To the extent possible, recognize the importance of parks, creeks and public facilities in districts.
- To the extent possible, provide income diversity within districts.
- Strive to balance district interests with county-wide interests, but not at the expense or exclusion of individual districts.
Guidelines, Direction and Procedures
The board adopted the following guidelines, direction and procedures for the 2011 redistricting process to allow for maximized public participation, while ensuring an open, fair and transparent process:
- The committee and consultant shall follow all applicable Federal and State laws in addition to the criteria established by the Board of Directors for the redistricting process.
- The committee, through its public discussions, shall provide the sole and only direction to district staff and supporting consultants for any and all changes to redistricting maps under consideration by the committee.
- The committee shall consider all maps created by any member of the public through the public participation process.
- The committee shall ensure all meetings are open to the public.
- The committee may hold subcommittees, as needed, for specific activities or goals. These meetings shall be open to the public.
- The committee will be subject to the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
- As a standing committee meeting agenda item, the committee members and consultants shall disclose any and all conversations with any parties, internal or external of the district, including the name and or names of the parties and the contents of the communication, whether verbal or written, regarding district redistricting.
- All e-mails, letters, phone calls, and other official communications regarding redistricting will be documented and copies will be provided to the committee as part of every agenda.
- No member of the district staff or Board of Directors shall attempt to influence the committee or consultants, while the committee is engaged in the process which will result in a map or maps being sent to the district Board of Directors for their consideration and deliberation.
- If any direction is necessary to be provided to outside legal counsel, or to other consultants supporting the redistricting effort on behalf of the district, it will be given through the District Counsel.
For more information on the Santa Clara Valley Water District redistricting process, or to provide input, please contact Rick Callender at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2017.