- Submitter Name: Franklin Collazo
- How Submitter Knows Applicant: Do not know him personally.
- Submitted on: 11/23/2010
To the Citizens Redistricting Commission, November 23, 2010
My name is Franklin Collazo and I am an elementary teacher. I was born in a rural town in Puerto Rico and raised in the city of San Jose, CA. My children attend Adelante Dual Language Academy in the Alum Rock School District. To say that I am concerned about the lack of Latino representation on the Citizens Redistricting Commission is putting it lightly. California is a very diverse state. This commission needs to reflect California to avoid folks crying foul. Latino and African-American males are disproportionately represented in the prison system and under represented in civil government. Also, we need more folks from the Bay area to balance out the over representation of southern California in Sacramento. In my modest opinion, the remaining six members of the C.R.C. should be the following: Gabino T. Aguirre(Latino Democrat), M. Andre Parrenu(African American/Party affiliation not identified), James Zambrano Vidal(Latino Male), Ann Marie Machana(San Jose/American Indian), Connie Galambos Molly(Black Latina/Party affiliation not identified), and Teresa M. Espana(Latina/Fresno/Green Party). In summary to fairly determine how the lines are to be drawn and to break the dead lock in Sacramento the C.R.C needs to mirror most of the people of California which obviously is heavily ethnically Latino in origin, politically all over the spectrum, economically challenged and very diverse in moral thought.