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In accordance with the Voters FIRST Act (Act), the California State Auditor randomly selected the first eight members of the first Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) on November 18, 2010. These first eight commissioners—three who are Democrats, three who are Republican, and two who are either Decline-to-State or are registered with another party—were part of the 36 eligible applicants that remained in the sub-pools after the legislative leaders, exercised their authority to make strikes and eliminated the names of 24 applicants from the pool of 60 of the most qualified applicants identified on September 23, 2010 by the Auditor’s Applicant Review Panel (Panel). The Panel reviewed and evaluated the applicants based on criteria set forth by the Act approved by voters in November 2008; including relevant analytical skills, the ability to be impartial; and a demonstrated appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography.

Rotating Chair/Vice Chair Chart
Session Date Location Chair/Vice Chair Commissioner Name Party
1 January 12-14 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
2 January 20-21 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
3 January 26-28 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Dai
Ward
D
R
4 February 10-13 Claremont Chair
Vice Chair
Ward
Galambos-Malloy
R
DTS
5 February 23-27 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Galambos-Malloy
Filkins Webber
DTS
R
6 March 10-13 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Blanco
R
D
7 March 22-25 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Ontai
D
R
8 April 7-8 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Aguirre
R
D
9 April 13-16 San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Hanford, Merced Chair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Barabba
D
R
10 April 27 – May 1 Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San Fernando, Lancaster Chair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Dai
R
D
11 May 5-6 Norco, Santa Ana Chair
Vice Chair
Dai
Yao
D
R
12 May 12-14 Palm Springs, San Marcos, San Diego Chair
Vice Chair
Yao
Ancheta
R
D
13 May 19-24 Auburn, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Salinas, San Jose, Oakland Chair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Barabba
D
R
14 May 26-27 CSU, Northridge Chair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS
15 June 1-2 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Galambos Malloy
Ontai
DTS
R
16 June 7 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Aguirre
R
D
17 June9-10 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Filkins Webber
D
R
18 June 16-20 Culver City, Whittier, Fullerton, San Bernadino, San Diego Chair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Blanco
R
D
19 June 22-25 Oxnard, Fresno, Stockton, San Jose Chair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Yao
D
R
20 June 27-28 San Francisco, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
21 July 1 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Dai
Filkins Webber
D
R
22 July 6-8 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Ancheta
R
D
23 July 11-14 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Ontai
D
R
24 July 20-22 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS
25 July 26-28 McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Galambos Malloy
Barabba
DTS
R
26 August 13-15 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Aguirre
R
D
27 September 15-16 Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Filkins Webber
D
R
28 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Forbes
R
DTS
29 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Forbes
Yao
DTS
R
30 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Yao
Raya
R
D
31 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Raya
Ontai
D
R
32 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Ancheta
R
D
33 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Ward
D
R
34 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Ward
Dai
R
D
35 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Dai
DiGuilio
D
DTS
36 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
DiGuilio
Blanco
DTS
D
37 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Parvenu
D
DTS
38 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Parvenu
Filkins Webber
DTS
R
39 TBD Sacramento Chair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS

Watch the video of the selection of the first eight commissioners.

The first eight commissioners selected the remaining six members of the Commission. Together these members will form the full 14-member Commission. The first eight commissioners must conducted their business publicly in a series of meetings beginning November 30 and ending on December 15, and followed California’s open meeting law, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. They were charged with selecting two applicants from each of the subpools. Prior to making those additional selections of the final six members of the Commission, the first eight members chosen by the State Auditor’s Office were provided training on California’s diverse demographics and geography; the responsibilities of the Commission as set forth in the Voters FIRST Act; and the process for performing redistricting, including the use of computer software to draw district lines.

The final six members selected and approved on December 15, 2010 are:

You can see the application material for all the commissioners here.

What will the full Commission do?

The 14-member Commission is made up of five Republicans, five Democrats, and 4 not affiliated with either of those two parties but registered with another party or as decline-to-state. The Commission must draw the district lines in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. The Commission must hold public hearings and accept public comment. After hearing from the public and drawing the maps for the House of Representatives districts, 40 Senate districts, 80 Assembly districts, and four Board of Equalization districts, the Commission must vote on the new maps to be used for the next decade. To approve the new maps, the maps must receive nine “yes” votes from the Commission—three “yes” votes from members registered with the two largest parties, and three “yes” votes from the other members. The role of the Commissioner is further described here.

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Call us at (916)709-6303, send us an e-mail at
votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov
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Citizens Redistricting Commission
1017 L Street, PMB 563
Sacramento, CA, 95814

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