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Posted: April 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

It’s a busy weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the Cowboy Festival, Taste of the Town and a plethora of other fun events to attend.

But if you value your vote, you should put a priority on attending either the Saturday or Sunday afternoon redistricting hearing in one of two nearby communities.

Saturday at 2 p.m. in San Fernando, and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Lancaster, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be asking voters where to draw the lines for the state’s Assembly, state Senate, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.

The power of your vote, and of this community’s voice, will be determined by the commission.

This is the first time in history the decision about district lines has been put in the hands of California’s public. Under traditional gerrymandering practices, legislators have drawn lines that protect their interests and dilute the voices of those with whom they disagree.

The result can be gridlock. Certainly it takes just a quick look at Sacramento to confirm this.

Since our valley isn’t populous enough to merit its own Assembly, state Senate or congressional district, we have to join with neighbors. The question becomes: With which neighboring community or communities do we have the most common interests?

The commission will answer that question if we don’t. So, while it probably won’t be as much fun as an Old West experience or a sampling of local restaurants’ fare, these hearings are important for our community’s future.

Take the time, and let your voice be heard.

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