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We all have one more chance to express our desire to keep the SCV whole before the first set of maps come out in June. Please take the opportunity to show your support for the effort. In an effort to pull together, a new group, called The Coalition of Suburban Communities for Fair Representation (http://www.suburbancommunities.org/) has been granted special permission to speak to the Redistricting Commission at CSUN on Thursday. They will be speaking on the issue of keeping the SCV whole.
The group is asking for your help with obtaining signatures for their petition which will be delivered to the Redistricting Commission on Thursday. We need as many signatures as possible by COB tomorrow (Monday).
This will be best shot at keeping our Valley whole for the next 10 years. Please take the time to go to their site, sign the petition, and then forward it to everyone you know who lives in the SCV, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, or Moorpark.
When time is of the essence, it is the True Patriot that makes the difference. Let's get to it!
Keep the faith, fellow Patriots!
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Citizens Redistricting Commission
Public Input Hearing
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Performing Arts Building
4000 South Rose Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93033
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The 14 member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold a public input meeting in Oxnard on June 22, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building at Oxnard College. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 www.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.
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Seems like we haven't eliminated gerrymandering
Redistricting special report
Redistricting Commission tries to repeal One Person, One Vote
CA Political News – Monday, May 02, 2011
By Tony Quinn, Political Commentator and Former Legislative Staffer
In one of its first acts, the new Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to ignore the United States and California Constitutions by in effect repealing the historical “one person one vote” rule that has been law in America for 47 years.
They did this by telling their staff to draw districts that will clearly violate constitutional population standards. This is so their final maps can over represent liberal areas of California that are losing population, such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and then under represent the more conservative inland areas of California that are growing.
In his famous “one person – one vote” ruling in 1964, Chief Justice Earl Warren said this was unconstitutional….
In 1965, the California Supreme Court applied the new “one person one vote” standard in its famous Silver v. Brown decision. California legislative districts were allowed to deviate by no more than two percent.
In 1973, in a case called Legislature v Reinecke, the Court further refined the standard: “Population of Senate and Assembly districts should be within one percent of the ideal except in unusual circumstances, and in no event should a deviation greater than two percent be permitted.”
On April 28, 2011 the Citizens Redistricting Commission voted to allow deviations up to five percent among legislative districts. A five percent deviation will amount to 46,567 people in Senate districts and 23,284 people in Assembly districts. That’s a lot of folks. Apply this standard in a growth area like Riverside County and you can effectively disenfranchise 200,000 people.
The five percent deviation is the brainchild of Commissioner Maria Blanco, who is among the most left wing members of the Commission. Blanco’s allies among liberal activist groups have discovered that they cannot maintain all the existing Democratic and inner urban legislators because of slow population growth.
Blanco manipulated nine of her colleagues into going along with this effort to nullify federal and state law…. Again, the Commission seems almost contemptuous of the limitations placed on it by the constitution and a long body of redistricting law.
Read the Full Report at http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/8443
Alternate Source: “Population Deviation” http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/downloads/meeting_handouts_062011/hand...
NOTE: California State Supreme Court has previously ruled on a population deviation of no more than 2% (not 5% as determined by the CRC) from the optimum population desired for the district +/- one person. A challenge in the making?
3.1 Quantitative Measures of Malaportionment and Compactness – Harvard Thesis: http://maltman.hmdc.harvard.edu/papers/his_note1_1.pdf
Cain, Bruce. 1984. The Reapportionment Puzzle. California: University of California Press.
Cramer, Harald. 1946. Mathematical Methods of Statistic. Princeton: Princeton University Press
Lowenstein, Daniel H. and Jonathan Steinberg. 1985. “The Quest for Legislative Districting in the
Public Interest: Elusive or Illusory?” UCLA Law Review 33: 1-75.
Redistricting Alert! Please help tonight, if possible!
Please take a moment to help with the Senate Seat- they will be discussing it tomorrow- Saturday!
Today, the Redistricting Commission drew a Senate seat that included Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark together and whole. That seat, affected by other seats, can go one of two places: either can go to Santa Clarita or go to Encino, Malibu and Pacific Palisades. The maps were visualized taking us to the latter.
Linking us to Ventura Blvd and Malibu guarantees LA representation that is out of touch with our needs. Santa Clarita is a similar community that will share our interests- we've been connected to them in the Senate for over 30 years.
We need to write the commission TONIGHT and tell them to change the lines and link East Ventura County to Santa Clarita in the State Senate Seat.
Here's what to do:
2) Put your name and email in the box.
3) Region is Ventura County
4) Subject is: Connect East Ventura County to Santa Clarita
5) Copy the text below into the Your Message box:
6) Email email@example.com when you've finished so we can track the comments.
Friday you reviewed visualizations that affected our community. Before you finish this draft map, please consider this:
East Ventura County was linked to Malibu, Pacific Palisades and along the 101 corridor in the Valley. This goes against the public testimony you have received and the direction you have given. It is important to connect East Ventura County with Santa Clarita.
Instead of East Ventura County with Malibu or Ventura Blvd. in the Valley, you should draw the Santa Clarita area with East Ventura County.
Keeping Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley connected to Santa Clarita in a Senate seat will keep inland valleys together and better represented. Historically, for over 30 years, these areas have been connected in a Senate seat. Please draw a district that will best represent us and link East Ventura County to Santa Clarita.
It's game on in the fight to fix the faulty Senate maps, and we need you to be a part of it.
The California Republican Party has been challenging the Commission throughout the summer to provide a fair and transparent process, but the Redistricting Commission produced maps that were both unfair and unconstitutional.
We have an opportunity to right a wrong, but time of is of the essence.
The CRP is supporting efforts by F.A.I.R (Fairness and Accountability In Redistricting) to have the Redistricting Commission's Senate maps redrawn to make them more fair and competitive. Here is the plan and how you can make that a reality:
After you've filled your petitions, please mail them back to the CRP at:
California Republican Party
1215 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95835
(*The CRP is not responsible for return shipping, and cannot guarantee petition availability.)
We need to get started right away because we have less than 80 days to submit the signatures! If you need more background on the redistricting process, check out my article on Fox and Hounds Daily.
Redistricting maps are too important for California's future to allow mistakes to go unchallenged just because some say "at least they're better than the ones the Legislature would draw."
Join the referendum effort today. Sign up HERE to help gather the signatures needed to put the referendum to repeal the faulty CRC Senate maps.
If you need any further help, please don't hesitate to call us at 916-448-9496. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of something historic.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment on this issue of vital importance.
All the best,
Tom Del Beccaro
California Republican Party
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