SACRAMENTO, CA - The Census Bureau just released the 2010 population data for California, and for one newly formed state agency that means the cram sessions are about to begin.
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The Citizens Redistricting Commission is tasked with drawing new lines for California electoral districts. Their deadline is this August. The 14 member commission has been meeting since being formed in december of last year, but their real work starts now with the release of the 2010 census numbers.
"That's our raw meat," commission member Sam Forbes said of the census data. "I mean that's our raw material that we're going to use to draw the lines."
The commission begins a series of public outreach meetings next month to get input on how citizens want voting lines drawn in their area.
"In my mind the goal of what this is, is to come up with maps that the public has confidence in, that were fairly drawn and not drawn to achieve some other, somebody else's purpose," Forbes said.
The commission will determine districts for congress, the state legislature, and the state board of equalization.
Forbes said those who want to give input might want to dive in like the commissioners and study the census numbers.