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Press Release

July 12, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Wilcox

Communications Director


California Citizens Redistricting Commission

Citizens Redistricting Commission
Encourages Public to Participate in Next Steps in Drawing Final District Maps

Sacramento, CA (July 12, 2011) -- 


The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is calling on the public to participate in its next steps in drawing final Congressional, Legislative and Board of Equalization Districts.

The Commission will be meeting this week, July 13-15, to give instructions to its technical line drawers for district maps.  The meetings will be streamed live online and the public will be able to access visualizations on the proposed districts that the Commission will be discussing.  Next week the Commission will post updated visualizations and continue the line drawing process in their meetings.

The public will be able to view, beginning Wednesday, July 13th, the latest visualizations of proposed districts that the Commission will be considering in its meetings through an interactive site hosted on the California Statewide Database website. The visualizations will be posted in phases beginning with statewide Board of Equalization and Northern California Legislative and Congressional districts on July 13th. In addition the Commission will be providing the following ways for the public to view visualizations:

  1. Equivalency file (.dbf)  - DBF
  2. Maptitude map layer in a .zip archive (.zip)  - CDF
  3. ESRI Shapefile map layer in a .zip archive (.zip)  SHP
  4.  Google map layer for viewing in Google Earth (.kmz)  KMZ

All of the above can be accessed by visiting the Commission's website at

The district visualizations, as well as the livestream of the meetings, can be viewed at  The public is encouraged to view the visualizations and to send comment to the Commissioners at or by fax at 916-651-5711.

The Commission is scheduled to release final district maps on July 28th and will vote on adopting those maps on August 15th.



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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.