SANTA ANA, CA — The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input meeting in Santa Ana on May 6, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at 22 Civic Center Plaza. 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.
For example, the current 47th Congressional District represented by Loretta Sanchez will need to have 702,904 people, The 47th District could be drawn cleanly by taking all of Santa Ana (324,528), all of GG (170,883), Anaheim west of the State College (appox 225,000), and the total population would be 720,411 (just over what is needed). This would be a very neat, line-wise, district. It would also preserve the character, and commmunities of interest that currently exist.
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 to www.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.”