East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Speak Out on Redistricting - a letter from Connie Malloy, Citizen's Redistri
Last week at our Meetup, Connie Galambos Malloy spoke to us about how she got on the Citizen's Redistricting Commission and what we can do to influence the way the next set of maps will look like.
Here's an email that she sent out over the weekend. She lays out three options for your comments. Please take a look at the districts that matter to you and send your comments to the Commission.
Last Friday DRAFT 1 Maps for CA Assembly, Senate, Board of Equalization, & Congressional districts were released by the CA Citizens Redistricting Commission. Links to Draft 1 Maps can be found here: http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/maps-first-drafts.html.
I strongly encourage you to weigh in on the DRAFT work we've done to date. Public comment is analyzed very closely, and weighed alongside the other voter-approved ranked criteria in Propositions 11 & 20.
We need to hear what we've done right, what you'd like to see changed, and WHY. If you are requesting a change, please try to think beyond your individual district, and identify what the "swap" would look like. For example - if you think a certain neighborhood is not a good fit with the rest of your district, where do you suggest those people go, and why? Who would you add in to your district in their place? Every person we move will have a ripple effect throughout the region, impacting the organizing and policy advocacy work you're doing on a daily basis.
Here are some options on how to weigh in:
1) Speak in the Bay Area in person on 6/25 in San Jose, or 6/27 in San Francisco
2) Submit a comment to the Commission via the website: http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html
3) Submit an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Draft 2 Maps will be released on July 12. In order for your comments to be considered in time for Draft 2, I'd suggest you weigh in ASAP - ideally by June 29th...Draft 3 will only allow for refinements, not fundamental changes - so time is of the essence!
I'm happy to answer questions you may have.
Connie Galambos Malloy
Director of Programs, Urban Habitat
(510) 839-9510 ext. 308
Commissioner, California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Membership Inclusion Director - North
American Planning Association, California Chapter