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SCV encouraged to give input on district lines

Posted: June 16, 2011 11:41 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2011 11:41 p.m.
 

The commission that drew proposed new electoral lines for state and congressional districts is now inviting the public to comment on those lines before finalizing its maps.

And if history is any indicator, the Santa Clarita Valley will make its voice heard.

Despite expected divisions of the valley, the commission’s preliminary maps kept the SCV mostly intact. Commissioner Jodie Filkins-Webber has said she and other commissioners were very aware of the valley’s collective voice for unity.

A spokesman closely involved in the process says half of all input received by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission from Los Angeles County residents — in person comments, letters and petitions — were from the people in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The commission — the first panel of nonelected officials in California history to have the responsibility — is charged with drawing California Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts, as well as congressional districts, to reflect new 2010 U.S. Census numbers.

In so doing, commissioners are bound by numerous restrictions and laws.

“It is essential that the commission receives sufficient testimony from communities of interest in order to best draw the second draft of district maps,” Commissioner Jeanne Raya said this week.

“The commission needs to hear what the public thinks of the first draft maps,” Raya said.

The first draft maps can be viewed on the website www.wedrawthelines.com under the maps pull-down menu. Comments can also be posted on the website.

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