Remembering Trudy Schafer
The Commissioners and staff of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Trudy Schafer, Senior Director for Program of the California League of Women Voters (LWV).
Trudy was a steadfast supporter of independent redistricting and a key member of the LWV team that contributed to the passage of Prop 11 in 2008, creating California’s first independent redistricting commission. She was a fixture at Commission meetings up until her retirement last year, lending a supportive voice while fiercely advocating for fair representation.
Along with California LWV President Helen Hutchison, Trudy provided testimony in support of the Commission during its successful application for the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. Her gracious willingness to share her knowledge and experience with the Commission was deeply appreciated. Trudy’s vision and unwavering commitment to the LWV impressed and inspired us and her presence will be greatly missed.
For more information on Trudy Schafer’s work, visit the League of Women Voters California website.
Commission Meeting Scheduled for April 6, 2018 in Sacramento
On April 6th, 2018, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) will meet in Sacramento to review Commission business including an update on current litigation impacting the Commission, proposed amendments to AB 420, and a discussion of California 2020 Census efforts.
RECENT EVENTS – California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award – July 6, 2017
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, announced the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. The $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative was presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2017.
The video of the CRC final presentation to the selection committee can be viewed here:
The final draft of the CRC Handbook was approved with minor edits and can be viewed here:
LITIGATION – DeWitt v. California Citizens Redistricting Commission
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) has been named as a defendant in Case No. 3:15-cv-05261. On May 31, 2016 the Court granted Defendant’s motion to dismiss. The Plaintiff in this case filed a Notice of Appeal on June 29th, 2016. Documents from the case are posted on this website as they become available.
Notice of Appeal – Filed June 29, 2016
Judgement – Filed May 31, 2016
Order Granting Motion to Dismiss – Filed May 31, 2016
Joint Case Management Summary – Filed May 19, 2016
Plaintiff Objection To One Judge Case Management – Filed May 19, 2016
Plaintiff Request for Three Judge Intervention – Filed May 19, 2016
Plaintiff 2nd Amended Complaint – Filed March 17, 2016
Order to Show Cause – Filed April 4, 2016
Plaintiff Response to Order to Show Cause – Filed April 11, 2016
Request for Briefing on Plaintiff Request for 3 Judge Panel – Filed April 15, 2016
Defendant Motion to Dismiss – Filed April 15, 2016
Defendant Response to Request for Briefing – Filed April 22, 2016
Plaintiff Response to Request for Briefing – Filed April 25, 2016
Plaintiff Opposition to Motion to Dismiss – Filed April 28, 2016
AMICUS BRIEF Commission Files Amicus Brief in Major Redistricting Case, September 5th, 2017
On September 5, 2017, the California Redistricting Commission (CRC) filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Supreme Court in the case of Gill v. Whitford. The CRC has a strong interest in this case because it addresses the fundamental proposition that redistricting can be done in a transparent and non-partisan manner, provided that criteria such as those applied in California by the CRC are followed.
SCOTUS DECISION – Evenwel v. Abbott – 4/4/2016
The Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS) affirmed a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based on total population. You can read the full opinion on the SCOTUS website at the link below.
The SCOTUS opinion issued April 4th, 2016, and transcript can be viewed here:
CRC filed an amicus brief in the case. A ruling against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission would have negatively impacted California’s Prop 20, the measure passed by voters in 2010 that mandated California’s Congressional Districts be drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in a non-partisan, open, and transparent process.
The CRC amicus brief can be viewed here:
The SCOTUS docket file can be viewed here:
An assessment of the case’s potential impact by the Brennen Center for Justice can be viewed here:
VIEW INTERACTIVE MAPS OF COMMISSION’S FINAL DISTRICTS
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has adopted final district maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.
SECTION 5 PRECLEARANCE SUBMISSION
COMMISSION LETTERS CONCERNING DISTRICTS REFERENDUMS
Letter to CA Dept. of Justice, Re: Proposed Congressional Referendum
Letter to CA Dept. of Justice, Re: Response to Title & Summary
Response from CA Dept. of Justice, Re: Title & Summary
Letter to Charles H. Bell, Jr., Esq., Re: Title & Summary
Letter to Secretary of State, Re: Title & Summary
Letter to CA Dept. of Justice, Re: Title & Summary
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF PETITIONS CHALLENGING MAPS CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSION
The Supreme Court of California requires electronic submission of petition and related documents challenging electoral maps certified by the Citizens Redistricting commission within 45 days of certification.
Supreme Court letter to the Citizens Redistricting Commission
Supreme Court News Release (Updated 8-16-2011)
Supreme Court Administrative Order (Updated 8-16-2011)
If you cannot find the data you are searching for, please call us directly at (916)709-6303.
– Citizens Redistricting Commission