CLAREMONT, Calif., – The Citizens Redistricting Commission traveled to Claremont this past week for a multi-day session, as they work to fairly redraw California’s district lines.
The public was welcome to attend the three-day session, but public comment on the redistricting process will not begin until later this year.
The commission chose Claremont for its session to help save state money. Until now, meetings have been held in Sacramento. But, the commission wants to meet beyond business hours and on weekends, and Sacramento offices are only open during business hours.
Commissioners put out the call to private entities for meeting space, and Claremont’s Honnold/Mudd Library responded.
Commissioner Peter Yao told the Contra Costa Times that, if this works out, more meetings could be held outside of Sacramento.
The Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is charged with redrawing the lines for Congressional, legislative, and Board of Equalization districts in California. It was born with the passage of Prop 11 and reaffirmed with the passage of Prop 20 in Nov. 2010.
Its work must be completed by Aug. 15, 2011.
For more on the commission and to watch the sessions, go to We Draw The Lines.