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Press Release

June 2, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Wilcox

Communications Director


California Citizens Redistricting Commission

Citizens Redistricting Commission
Meeting Summary

SACRAMENTO, CA (June 2, 2011)



During their meetings in Sacramento held June 1-2, 2011, the Commission consulted with their Voting Rights Legal Counsel on Section 2 and 5 issues.  The Commission also instructed its technical line drawers for Congressional, Assembly and State Senate Districts.

The Commission approved hiring a note taker to assist in record keeping during the line drawing process.

Commissioners Barabba and Forbes were tasked with finalizing a scope of work for inline process reviews and the Commission further delegated to Commissioners Barabba and Forbes to interview potential consultants and make recommendations to the Commission.

Commissioners Aguirre, DiGiulio, Raya and Yao will present to the Commission next week draft agendas for the third round of public input hearings in July.

The Public Information Advisory Committee presented plans for the public release of the draft maps and the Commission agreed to hold a news conference in Sacramento on June 10th. Commissioners also tasked the PIA Committee with a series of website updates to be implemented prior to the draft map release.

The Legal Advisory Committee updated the Commission on progress to retain an expert to perform polarized voting studies. The LA Committee also requested staff to develop a policy for the Commission's consideration concerning staff and consultant communication and publications post-August 15th. Staff provided Commissioners with a draft compilation of all previously adopted CRC motions that will continue to be updated.  

The Finance and Administration Advisory Committee received a current financial report on the Commission's activities and directed staff to implement an enhanced security protocol for the 2nd and 3rd round of Input Hearings. The Commission voted to accept the results of a recent administrative inquiry by staff. The report concluded that the allegations investigated were baseless; however the report highlighted areas in the CRC Code of Conduct Manual that require clarification. Commissioners directed Commissioner Dai to lead revisions for CRC's Code of Conduct Manual and present recommendations to the Commission during the upcoming business meeting.      



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California's first Citizens Redistricting Commission is a new 14-member Commission charged with redrawing California's Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2010 census. The Commission must draw the State Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians.