The process for determining the next decade of political leadership in California will start this weekend. On April 9, 2011, the California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold its first public input meeting.
The Redistricting Commission has set out an extensive schedule of meetings during April and May. These meetings will lead up to series of meetings in late May and June where the Commission will direct the “Line Drawer” in shaping legislative districts.
The first release of draft district maps is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2011. With the release of these maps the Redistricting Commission will embark on another round of meetings to gather public input. Then over three days, August 12, 13 and 14 final maps and reports will be presented to the Commission.
On August 15, 2011 final maps will be certified.
Looking at the make up of the Commission, I have little doubt that the public input meetings will have a great deal of influence on their decision making process. The groups and individuals that show up at these meetings could have a real impact on the shape of legislative districts in California.
Decisions are made by those who show up, in our democracy and with this citizen Commission looking for input.