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Berkeley Council to consider 2 city redistricting maps

Students showed up in droves to Tuesday night's Berkeley City Council meeting to show their support for a new district that would offer them a seat on the council. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Students showed up in droves to the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 7 to show their support for a new district that would offer them a seat on the council. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council held a public hearing to learn more about seven recently submitted maps that aim to adjust council district boundaries to correct for population and demographic changes across the city. The council voted to grant further consideration to two plans — the ASUC-endorsed student district map and a similar map designed by Eric Panzer — both of which would create a student-majority district with the aim of creating a new seat on the council for a student.

The council will hold a second public hearing July 2, and plans to vote on its final preference then. Community members can submit changes to the two maps up for consideration through May 17. (Scroll down to experience a “Storified” version of the council meeting.)