February 21, 2009

Redistricting 2.0: A Chance for Real Change

CALIFORNIA VOTERS passed Proposition 11 (50.9% to 49.1%), the Voters FIRST Act, a law for drawing new boundary lines for State Assembly, State Senate and State Board of Equalization districts. Part of the redistricting reform initiative, approved at the November 4, 2008 General Election, establishes a new Citizens Redistricting Commission that's in charge of establishing those new lines.

The Bureau of State Audits is currently holding public hearings to solicit comments
about the processes that should be used to select members of an Applicant Review Panel to assess the applicants and create an applicant pool of 60 qualified members. From that pool the final 14 members of the Commission will be selected (5 democrats, 5 republicans and four of neither party).

The remaining hearing dates and locations are:

  • February 23, 2009 - Central Branch Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071 - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • February 27, 2009 - Office of the Courts, Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 940102 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • March 3, 2009 - California Secretary of State Office Building Auditorium, 1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Needless to say, this process if an important for California taxpayers. The Commission that is eventually established must be free of partisan "deal-making" and must represent the interests of the people, not the politicians in Sacramento.

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