California Citizens Redistricting Commission May 14

California Citizens Redistricting Commission May 14

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The redistricing comission is having a predrawing of the new maps for congressional and state legislature districts. To maintain our freedom, we must be able to watch the people who will be making these decissions. So far they have been quite open and transparent, which is good. If there are enough public comments, they may hold the meeting longer.

The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input meeting in San Diego on May 14, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Center. The Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization Districts.

Public participation in drawing these districts is critical to ensuring that communities have the strongest voice possible to express their preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district together, their voices multiply giving them a greater opportunity to express their views, elect candidates of their choice and hold their leaders accountable.

The Commission is taking testimony from local area residents before drawing its first round of draft maps which will be released in June. Final district maps must be certified by the Commission and presented to the Secretary of State by August 15, 2011.

Citizens wishing to provide testimony to the Commission can learn more about how to effectively present information by going towww.wedrawthelines.ca.gov . To assist you in providing your presentation, we have developed a “Toolkit” which you will find on the home page under “Upcoming Events.”

All public input hearings are ADA accessible. Any person who wishes to request auxiliary aids or services, including translation, to participate in the hearing of the Commission, in accordance with State or Federal law, should contact Janeece Sargis at 1-866-356-5217 not later than five (5) business days before the noticed hearing date.

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