Let your voice be heard!
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) is calling for the public to submit their testimony on the drawing of district boundaries no later than May 23rd in order to be considered by the Commission for the first draft of district maps.
Every 10 years after the U.S. Census data is released, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to address any changes in population concentration. For these districts in California, the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) will draw the new districts. The Commission was created by California voters to draw the new district boundaries. The Commission must hold public hearings and accept public comment.
The public can submit their testimony online, by fax, mail or at a public hearing.
Please visit www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov to find out more about the Commission, the redistricting process, public hearings and how submit your suggestions. You can also visit www.RedistrictingCA.org to find free mapping help to create your own map proposal for the new redistricting maps.
Help Us Keep Santa Clarita Valley in one district!
At the April 26, 2011 Santa Clarita City Council meeting the Council analyzed the CRC redistricting criterion and made the following recommendations for the Commission to best serve the people of our City and surrounding communities in the Santa Clarita Valley. Feel free to incorporate the following language into your written comments and testimony to the CRC:
- In recognition of the CRC's criteria that districts should try not to divide cities, the City of Santa Clarita City Council urges the City of Santa Clarita be located within only one Congressional, State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization district and not divided among two or more districts.
- In recognition of the CRC's criteria that districts should not try to divide "communities of interest" the City Council requests the entire Santa Clarita Valley be located within only one Congressional, State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization district.
City Council Testimony to Commission
Attached are the testimonies and a map presented by Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender and Councilmember Frank Ferry to the Commission. Mayor Pro Tem Ender appeared before the CRC at a public input hearing held on Saturday, April 30 at San Fernando City Hall. Councilmember Ferry testified at the CRC public input hearing on Sunday, May 1 in Lancaster.
Speaking up about our community to the CRC is critical to ensuring the new district lines are drawn to keep our SCV community whole and grouped together because of all our similar interests. Again the last day the CRC will accept comments is May 23rd to be considered for the first draft maps. The first round of draft maps will be released by the Commission on June 10th.
Thank you for participating in this very worthwhile process.