The Citizens Redistricting Commission held business meetings and public input hearings in Norco on May 5th and Santa Ana on May 6th.
The Commission will hold two meetings for presentation of statewide and regional district maps by organized groups. The meetings will be held May 24th, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at Laney College in Oakland and May 26th, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at California State University Northridge.
Groups will have 15 minutes for their presentation of Congressional district maps, 15 minutes for Assembly district maps, and 15 minutes for State Senate district maps. Each presentation of maps will have a period of ten minutes for clarifying questions by Commissioners. During the question and answer period, there will be a two minute limit on the response to any question from a Commissioner.
Organizations wishing to present to the Commission can register online by e-mailing their group's name, contact information, and which type of district maps they will present, to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 866-356-5217. Please specify "GROUP PRESENTATION" in the subject line. Deadlines for registering to present at the meetings is 5:00 p.m. May 18th. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. Groups may sign up after the May 18th deadline but will be placed last in order of registration if there are still available spots for presentation within the time frame allowed for the meeting. No group will be allowed to sign-up on the actual day of the presentations.
Powerpoint presentations should be e-mailed to email@example.com
no later than 24 hours prior to the start of the meeting (sooner is preferable) so they may be posted on the Commission's website for the meeting. For those providing their Powerpoint presentation on the day of the meeting, the presentation must be on a USB drive and loaded before the meeting begins. No presentations will be loaded after the meeting begins.
The Commission also clarified rules for public input hearings including limiting speakers to 2 minutes, a maximum extension of two hours to posted hearing times (venue permitting), and that speaker numbers will not be given out after the posted ending time of the hearing. At recent public input meetings speakers have numbered more than 100, as crowd size may increase at future meetings, not all speakers may have the opportunity to speak. Speaker numbers are distributed on a first come first serve basis one hour prior to the meeting. The public can submit comments in writing at the meeting, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
, by fax 916-322-0904, and by mail:
Citizens Redistricting Commission
Attn: Public Comment
1130 K Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95814
In addition the Commission adopted procedures for voting on draft maps which will be posted to the Commission's website, and voted to instruct its consultant for technical line drawing, Q2 Data and Research, to follow the U.S. Constitution, California State Constitution, and the Federal Voting Rights Act.