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State redistricting comes to Oakland

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 4:02 pm in redistricting.

Don’t miss your chance to tell the new independent members of the California Citizens Redistricting Task Force how you want to redraw congressional and legislative lines.

As part of the commission’s statewide tour, it will make a stop in Oakland on Saturday.

Here are the details as provided by the commission:

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Calls On The Public To Submit Testimony For The First Draft of District Maps

Public Hearing To Be Held in Oakland May 21st

Public Can Submit Testimony Online, By Fax, Mail Or At A Public Hearing

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission 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. The Commission was created by California voters to draw state Congressional, Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization Districts. The public can submit their testimony online, by fax, mail or at a public hearing.

The Commission will be holding a public input hearing in Oakland, Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Oakland City Council Chamber, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

The public is encouraged to present testimony about the community they live in, describing the kind of people who live there, important issues, community centers and community history. Speaking up about their community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep their community whole and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. The Commission would also like to know about communitieswhich do not share common interests which could be placed in another district.

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.

Along with census data, publicly submitted comments will be used to assist the Commission when it begins drawing district boundaries.

The Commission encourages the public to submit written testimony bye-mail at votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, fax at 916-322-0904 or by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 1130 K Street, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95814. Once the testimony is received it is posted online, given to each of the Commissioners and catalogued by area by the Commission’s line drawers.

Please visit the Commission’s website at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov for complete information on the hearings and to access a guide to help you prepare your testimony.

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