Archive for June, 2011

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Citizens Redistricting Commission
Public Input Hearing
Thursday, June 16, 2011
City Hall, Mike Balkman Council Chambers
9770 Culver Boulevard, First Floor
Culver City, CA  90232
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free, accessible parking is available on P-1 at City Hall.  Please enter the parking structure off of Duquesne Avenue, near the corner of Duquesne Avenue and Culver Boulevard.

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A plan to re-district Los Angeles based on the 2010 census will dramatically affect how our neighborhoods are represented and the services that will be offered.

The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input meeting in Culver City on June 16, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.  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. 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.

The maximum time for each speaker is 2 minutes. Speakers should provide copies for the 14 members of the Commission of documents they are submitting as testimony. Speaker numbers may be obtained one hour prior to the posted time of the hearing. The posted meeting time may not extend more than 2 hours beyond the original closing, subject to venue limitations and speaker demand. No speaker numbers will be given out after the end of the posted meeting time.  Due to high speaker demand, it is possible that not all people who have been given numbers will have the opportunity to speak.

The Commission encourages the public to use alternative methods to submit testimony by e-mail at votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, fax at 916-651-5711 or by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission,  901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA  95814.

Please visit the Commission’s website at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov for complete information on the hearings and to access a guide to help you prepare your testimony.  The guide can be found on the home page under “Guide to Participation.”

All public input hearings are ADA accessible.  Any person who wishes to request auxiliary aids or services, including translation, to participate in the hearing of the Commission, in accordance with State or Federal law, should contact Janeece Sargis at 1-866-356-5217 not later than five (5) business days before the noticed hearing date.

Every ten years, California redraws the lines of our political landscape. These lines can strengthen or diminish your voice in Washington, Sacramento, or downtown – go here for more info: http://www.redrawca.org

It’s time to get involved in the process or we could lose out on our neighborhood services and our political representation.

Learn more about the Citizens Redistricting Commission and how you can participate in the process by clicking the link below:

http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov