Press Release - Media Advisory: New Report Examines Whether California Citizens Redistricting Commission Was Transparent and Democratic in Drawing District Lines

Press Release - Media Advisory: New Report Examines Whether California Citizens Redistricting Commission Was Transparent and Democratic in Drawing District Lines

Type: 
Public Statement
Date of Release or Mention: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Media Briefing Teleconference 6/12 at 10:30 am

 

New Report

Examines Whether California Citizens Redistricting Commission Was Transparent

and Democratic in Drawing District Lines

Findings will also show whether

Californians approve of the job of the commission and what must change

for future commissions to be successful

 

On Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30 AM, California

researchers, political leaders and civic leaders will join to release a new report that examines

whether the first-ever California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC)

effectively and democratically drew Assembly, Senate and Congressional district

lines. The report was commissioned by the League of Women Voters of California

(LWVC) in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation.

The report, entitled “When the People Draw the

Lines,” provides a thoughtful, unbiased and thorough analysis of California’s

citizen-led redistricting commission and explores precisely how the commission

went about redrawing 177 district lines in only eight months. It also provides recommended

actions to ensure that future commissions do not suffer from a lack of

infrastructure or support. 

During the teleconference, leaders from California’s government and

civic communities, including former redistricting commissioners, will unveil powerful findings about the work

of the commission, share information about the public’s opinion on the CRC’s

work and outline the steps necessary to ensure strong democratic participation

in future redistricting efforts. They will also outline how other states that

are interested in developing similar commissions can embrace what worked in

California and avoid potential problems.   

What:
                                  Media
Briefing
Teleconference

When:                                  Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30

AM

                                                RSVP to edit [at] fcpcommunications.com 

Who:                                    

Host:                                     Chris

Carson, Program Director for Campaign Finance and Redistricting, League of

Women Voters of California

 Researcher:                        Dr. Raphael

Sonenshein, Executive Director of the  Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public

Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles   

                                                   

Special

Guest(s):

·     

Catherine Hazelton, Senior Program Officer of

the California Democracy Program, The James Irvine Foundation

·     

Michelle DiGuilio, Member, California Citizens

Redistricting Commission

·     

Stanley Forbes, Member, California Citizens

Redistricting Commission

Number:                              (800)

230-1093
              

 

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 Why:  

A strong, effective

and transparent democracy allows for citizens to play a role in determining how

Assembly, Senate and Congressional district lines are drawn; however,

California previously relied on self-interested legislators to lead this

work.  In the past decade, California

residents made their voice heard and backed propositions that led to the

creation of the 14-person independent California Citizens Redistricting

Commission. 

“When the People

Draw the Lines,” compiled through interviews and extensive research, examines

whether the commission successfully drew district lines in a nonpartisan,

democratic way.  It also examines whether

the public was effectively engaged in the process and provides a blueprint for

future commissions, particularly in relation to public policy decisions that

will impact the Commission’s work.

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About the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC): The League is a nonpartisan political organization for

women and men that encourages informed and active participation in government

and influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWVC does not

support or oppose any political party or any candidate.

  

 

 

 

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Media Advisory: New Report Examines Whether California Citizens Redistricting Commission Was Transparent and Democratic in Drawing District Lines

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