Coming to Grips with Redistricting

Have you forgotten all about the California Redistricting Commission and what we, the voters of California, asked it to do? If you have, you are not alone, but it’s not too late to join in the process. First step: take a look at this video that the commission made to remind us all that they need to hear from us.  That should inspire you to action. Many League members and their friends had a chance to catch up on the work of the Commission when Suzanne Stassevitch, representing the California State League, talked to us about the redistricting process, how it began with the help of the League, and how the League is working to alert all citizens to the importance of becoming involved.

Ever since it started its work early this year, the Commission has been holding hearings throughout the state. Citizens as individuals and as groups are invited to make presentations to the Commission suggesting ways in which legislative districts can be redrawn to reflect the 2010 census figures and to keep “communities of interest” together in one district. Several groups representing Latinos and Asian Americans have presented maps showing how they believe certain districts should be laid out. The Commission itself will present the first draft of its map on June 10—that will be an event to watch for.

The draft map will undoubtedly undergo many revisions before it reaches its final form. That is why it is so important for people to go to the Commission hearings and give input. If you cannot go in person, you can watch the proceedings streaming live online or later on video. The Commission has been covering the wider Bay Area during the last few weeks and will be coming to San Francisco on Monday, June 27. The venue has not yet been announced, but when it is, the information will be available on the League website www.sfvotes.org and on our Facebook page. For more background and further information go to the Commission’s website at wedrawthelines.org If we want truly representative government with elected officials who work on behalf of communities and citizens, we need to spend some time thinking about the best way for elections to be organized. Celebrate the 100 years of California votes for women by living up to what our foremothers expected of us when they demanded the vote. Remember the familiar League slogan “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”  It’s time to make our voices heard.

Citizens Redistricting Commission

Public Input Hearing

San Francisco

Monday, June 27, 2011

6:00-9:00 pm

Venue: TBD

 

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