Applicant: Maria Blanco, supplemental-8543

Supplemental Application for Citizens Redistricting Commission

  • Name: Maria Blanco
  • City: Los Angeles, CA

Submission Timestamp: 05/11/2010 11:07:33

Part 1: Essay Questions:

The responses to the essay questions are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words) per essay question. You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

1. Please describe why you are interested in serving on the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

I believe redistricting or reapportionment is the key to democracy. It is the key not only because it ensures the concept of one person one vote, but also because in drawing lines that encompass communities of interest and maximize opportunities for representation, those communities are given a voice in government. The more citizens believe they have a voice, the more they participate in democracy. The Citizens Redistricting Commission for California is a bold step to put the process of line drawing in a well informed but impartial body. As such it is a ground breaking concept for California that may put us back on the road to belief in government, something seriously lacking in today’s California. I want to be part of this process because I believe in it and because I believe that I am uniquely suited to the task before the Commission. I have experience in mapping and using census data that I acquired during the last California redistricting and as a result I am comfortable with the data and the mapping process; I like working with it to accomplish just results. In addition, I look forward to hearing from members of the public when they describe their communities and what important elements tie them together. This process can bring communities together and involve them in the democratic process. I know that often the interests of different communities may seem at odds but I believe strongly that in most instances (of course not always) these can be reconciled, even if not fully. I want to be part of this process of achieving results that assure not only numerical representation but also recognizes the uniqueness of different communities numbers. If the Commission does its job well, California’s districts will have integrity and as a consequence the legislature will have it as well. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the state and its residents – one that doesn’t come along too often. Throughout my career, service has been a touchstone of my work. The nature of my legal work has always been non-profit and pro bono, and I serve on several unpaid community boards. Finally, I believe that I have something unique to contribute. As I will discuss later and as will hopefully be clear my letters of recommendation, I believe in working across communities and bringing about results that everyone can live with, i.e. I am known as and consider myself to be an extremely open minded person who can bring people and their diverse interests together. I have done this repeatedly over the years in California on many different issues and doing this through serving on the Commission would be a wonderful opportunity which I believe I could perform exceedingly well.

2. Please describe your ability to be impartial, as discussed in Regulation 60800. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate this ability.

Once baseline competency is established for the position of commissioner, along with comfort level in dealing with census data, mapping programs, and computers, the ability to be impartial may be the most essential qualification for the position. In addition to being the most important, it may be the most difficult to establish to the satisfaction of others because through our work, our choice of careers, and the community with which we self identify, we all express our values and others may assume that this makes the candidate unable to have an open mind or put aside their views. In my case, I want to first make clear that although I follow government and politics closely, I have never considered and do not envision a political or elected official career. This is true for my family and my closest friends as well. In fact, I take pride in being more of an academic or policy wonk than a politician. In my work as a lawyer, policy analyst and community volunteer work, I have often taken positions unpopular with my peers and colleagues if I thought that policies or positions they were supporting were unworkable, short sighted or simply poorly thought out. On more than one occasion as a member of a legal team I have been unwilling to go along with a certain strategy or a request for a particular remedy in a lawsuit – often as a minority voice on the team. When I’ve done this I do not simply object, I try to explain my different point of view and the reasons for it, and I also try and bring others along to my view point in a reasoned way. When I teach a law course or policy course I am a stickler for making sure that I elicit and encourage all points of view and beyond that, I challenge students to put aside their initial response or perspective and take the opposite position, or simply a different position. For example, I recently gave a lecture on the evolution of affirmative action in California and current efforts to ensure racial and economic diversity in college admissions and faculty hiring. Although this is work that I have been involved with for close to 15 years, I started the lecture by having students answer whether they believed there were benefits associated with being part of a diverse student body. When I got only positive responses I pushed to make the students consider their answer in light of other types of possible diversities: regional, parental occupations, or religion. These are not academic exercises for me. I believe that when we are making policies or decisions that have a direct impact on persons’ lives, we have to carefully examine the goal and then if the goal we are trying to accomplish has merit, we still have to look at whether the methods for achieving that goal are fair and reasonable. In redistricting not everyone will be happy with the final districts, but they should at least have the assurance that the districts were drawn fairly and that the relevant criteria were carefully and legally applied by a body that considered all the information without bias for a particular group or party.

3. Please describe your appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography, as discussed in Regulation 60805. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate this appreciation.

I was raised in San Diego, California and now live in the Bay Area. I still regularly travel between these very different geographic and political regions and as such I am familiar with the widely varying cultures and communities in this large state. When working at MALDEF I spent a lot of time and did a lot of work in Los Angeles and Sacramento even though I worked in San Francisco. In addition, much of my legal work during my career has taken me to different parts of rural California. One of my first cases was a 3 year case in Farmersville, California, a small town outside of Fresno. While working at the Lawyers’ Committee in San Francisco we worked on issues concerning the lack of infrastructure in Modesto, California and other rural California cities. During the census in the year 2000 I supervised the regional outreach worker for MALDEF which took our outreach worker to every city, large and small, rural or coastal in California, Nevada, Oregon and Alaska. While involved in redistricting I spent hours with MALDEF’s Redistricting Director discussing the testimony of community members throughout California to attempt to combine their sense of being a community of interest with the legal parameters of redistricting and the Voting Rights Act. This involved knowing about their churches, schools, commuter routes, bus lines and many other factors that in their estimation constituted a community of interest. During that same period I spent time working on and thinking about jurisdictions that were experiencing changing demographics and predicting where different communities might experience conflict with other groups as population groups changed. My goal was not just to anticipate but to minimize conflict or perceived conflict, if possible. When I taught law and a supervised a legal clinic at Golden Gate University in San Francisco my students were working class kids from all over California who worked and attended night classes. They brought to the classroom many different perspectives: political, regional, racial and economic. Even with this diversity among my students I ran a clinic where the students worked extremely well together and had to have respect for each others’ point of view in order to be able to work together on behalf of their clients (who also were widely divergent). I take enormous pride in the fact that across political and ethnic and racial groups I am viewed as non-sectarian and as being the voice that finds common ground. I have chaired numerous committees, meetings and conferences dealing with not only diversity but with approaches and initiatives create a common agenda across groups. In my current position as Director of the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley Law I have made sure the staff is diverse and that our work intentionally reaches across groups and issue areas and attempts to identify policy solutions that address the needs of all group while lifting up particular groups. We apply that vision to our work on education reform, and voting rights reform, to name a few examples.

4. Please describe the analytical skills you have that are relevant to serving on the Citizens Redistricting Commission, as discussed in Regulation 60827. You may include with this description any occupational, academic, volunteer, or other life experiences you have had that demonstrate those skills.

1.Gathering and comprehending information that bears upon redistricting:

While employed as National Counsel by MALDEF I worked on California redistricting after the 2000 census. I reviewed census data and proposed maps for state Senate and Assembly Districts, Congressional Districts and for the City and County of San Francisco. I met regularly with MALDEF’s California redistricting director to review testimony concerning communities of interest and to review census data in order to draw maps that reflected both population changes and communities of interest. As part of this process I met with many different legislators to present them with proposed maps that often meant changes in their current district because of population growth. This involved presenting them with census data and the information about communities of interest gleaned from testimony at community meetings and testimony presented to the legislature. Outside of redistricting I have ample experience with testimony and public hearings: I have testified at legislative hearings and as a lawyer I have used carefully and concisely formulated questions to elicit testimony through depositions and the examination of witnesses. To a large extent effective lawyering depends on the ability to distill information after listening to testimony and reviewing documents. More on point, it depends on the ability to determine what information is critical and differentiate it from important but non essential information.

2. Evaluating the validity and significance of the information gathered by the commission in order to make sound decisions about the proper placement of communities in districts:

In my work as a lawyer handling complex litigation, as a policy analyst and through my work in redistricting I have been called upon to distinguish facts from opinions, to distinguish relevant from irrelevant facts and to assess arguments. More than anything else, this characterizes the work of both lawyers and policy analysts. A written brief, oral argument or legislative testimony involves the distillation of key facts and the ability to present them in the context of either the law or to make the case for a coherent public policy.

I am very comfortable with mathematical data and mapping. Much of my litigation has involved analysis of complex statistical data. This is because a large part of my legal practice was class action discrimination litigation where cases depend greatly on statistical analysis. Often this involved working with statistical experts to conduct regression analysis to identify the cause(s) of the discrimination if a test was involved and also working with them to measure the impact of a multivariate employment practice or tests.

Finally, I have been involved in at least three voting cases that involved either the Federal Voting Rights Act or the California Voting Rights Act. I want to emphasize that these cases were strictly non-partisan and their goal was to ensure compliance with the law. This is exactly what I would do as a member of the commission, look at the different laws that govern redistricting and appl

Part 2: General Information

Education

Yes No
Did you graduate from high school?
If not, do you possess a GED or equivalent?
If not, enter the highest grade you completed:

University or College, Business, Correspondence, Trade, or Service School(s) Attended

School Name and Location: University of California, Berkeley Law School
Course of Study/Major: Law
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained: JD
Date Completed, If Completed: 1984
Number of Years Attended: 3

Employment History

  • Begin with your most recent job.
  • List each job separately.
  • Employment history must include at least 10 years. Employment job classifications may include retired, volunteer, not employed outside the home, or not employed. Please account for all of your time during the past 10 years.
  • Include all employment history you believe is relevant beyond 10 years.

From: 2007
To: present
Employer Name: University of California, Berkeley Law School
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable): Executive Director, Lecturer in Residence
Total Worked (Years/Months): 2.5 years
Description of Duties Performed*:

Supervise policy research in the areas of education, voting, immigration, curriculum development, fund raise, public speaking, legal research and writing.

From: 2003
To: 2007
Employer Name: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the Bay Area
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable): Executive Director
Total Worked (Years/Months): 3 years
Description of Duties Performed*:

Supervised litigation and policy staff, desgined program, fund raising, worked closely with members of the private San Francisco bar who worked on a pro bono basis for the committee.

From: 1998
To: 2003
Employer Name: Mexican American Legal and Educational Fund
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable): Regional Counsel and National Senior Counsel
Total Worked (Years/Months): 5 years
Description of Duties Performed*:

Supervised legal and policy work by regional and national attorneys in the areas of employment and immigration. Supervised regional census outreach work in 2000 and worked on redistricting in Sacramento in 2002, drew maps and met with legislators. Litigated employment and education cases and major redistricting case.

From:
To:
Employer Name:
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable):
Total Worked (Years/Months):
Description of Duties Performed*:

* In your current employment, if you serve as staff to, or a consultant to, or are under contract with the Governor of California, a member of the California Legislature, a California member of Congress, or a member of the State Board of Equalization you must disclose that here.

Activities:

Describe the professional, social, political, volunteer, and community activities in which you have engaged that you believe are relevant to serving as a commissioner, as discussed in Regulation 60847. The responses to this question are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words). You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

As part of my job as job as Director of the Earl Warren Institute I supervise staff members who analyze voting law and policy. In addition, I regularly meet with political scientists and read literature related to voting and civic participation analysis. As part of my work I regularly read literature related to demographic trends in California and the nation. The literature I read and stay current with often involves complex statistical analysis, such as regression studies and discussions of statistical significance.

I volunteer on diverse community boards that bring me in touch with many different parts of California’s population. I am on the boards of directors of a community based legal group in the Mission District in San Francisco and work closely with organizations in the Asian and African-American community of the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

I routinely advise staff for legislators or legislative committees when they seek my expertise concerning issues of diversity, employment and voting law and matters related to increasing opportunity and civic participation through legislative measures.

Criminal History

Have you ever been convicted by any court of a felony?


If yes, please provide the following information:

Date:
Court:
Location:
* Offense (other pertinent information):

* If known, include the reference to the statute under which you were convicted (i.e. Penal Code section 424).

Voting Information

When you voted in any of the last three statewide general elections (i.e. the elections in November 2004, November 2006, and November 2008), did you vote using a different name or address than your current name or address?


Former Residences

List all of the places you have lived for 30 days or more at one time during the last 10 years (but list no information for where you lived prior to your 18th birthday). This does not include your current residence. If you lived in temporary housing while permanently residing somewhere else, note that with an * in the address line.

From Date: 2/2003
To Date: 8/2007
City, State, Zip Code: Albany California, 94706
County (or Country if Outside the United States): Alameda County

From Date: 11/2001
To Date: 2/2003
City, State, Zip Code: Albany, CA 94706
County (or Country if Outside the United States): Alameda

From Date: 1993
To Date: 11/2001
City, State, Zip Code: Albany, CA 94706
County (or Country if Outside the United States): Alameda

Financial Contributions

List all of the monetary and non-monetary contributions of $250 or more that you have made in any single calendar year during the past 2 years to any professional, social, political, volunteer, and community organizations and causes. Begin with your most recent contribution.

Date of Contribution, if known: 12/2009
Organization: La Raza Centro Legal
Location: San Francisco
Amount: $500

Date of Contribution, if known:
Organization: Obama for President
Location: San Francisco
Amount: $300

Date of Contribution, if known:
Organization:
Location:
Amount:

Part 3: Family Information

You must provide information about each living family member described in this paragraph. Information about each applicant’s family members is necessary to determine whether an applicant has a conflict of interest that would prohibit the applicant from serving on the commission. In this part of the application, you must provide information about your living parents, spouse, registered domestic partner (RDP), children, siblings, parents in-law, siblings in-law, sons and daughters in-law. Step-parents, step-children, and step-siblings count as parents, children, and siblings.

Do you have any family members as described above?


You are required to list information for each family member in a separate set of fields. The relationship, name, occupation, and employer may be posted on the Internet as explained in the privacy statement contained in this application. No other information will be posted on the Internet.

Name: Carlos Blanco
Relationship: Parent

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Iris Blanco
Relationship: Parent

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Alda Blanco
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Renato Barahona
Relationship: Sibling

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Amaya Blanco
Relationship: Child

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Name: Isabel Blanco
Relationship: Child

For this family member, you must state whether within the past 10 years the person has engaged in any of the activities that could cause you to have a conflict of interest under the Voters FIRST Act. The following is a list of those activities:

  • Been appointed to, elected to, or a candidate for a California congressional or state office. (“Appointed” means appointed by the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization, or served at the pleasure of the Governor, a member of the Legislature, or a member of the State Board of Equalization.)
  • Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a California political party or the campaign committee of a candidate for a California congressional or elective state office.
  • Served as an elected or appointed member of a political party central committee operating in California.
  • Been a lobbyist registered with the State of California or a California local government.
  • Been a registered federal lobbyist.
  • Served as paid California congressional, legislative, or State Board of Equalization staff.
  • Contributed $2,000 or more during a calendar year to any California congressional, state, or local candidate for elective public office.
Within the past 10 years, has this family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:

For each family member you must indicate whether you have a special (bona fide) relationship with that person. You have a special (bona fide) relationship with a family member if during the past 12 months you have (Guidance on Conflicts of Interest):

  1. Resided with that person for a period or periods totaling 30 days or more (Examples).
  2. Shared with that person ownership of any real or personal property having a total value of $1,000 or more (Examples).
  3. Provided to or received from that person a financial benefit totaling $1,000 or more (Examples).
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

Other Relevant Material:

Describe any other relevant information that you consider important that was not otherwise requested in the application. The responses to this question are limited to no more than 3200 characters including spaces (approximately 500 words). You may cut and paste text from any word processing program such as Word.

Part 4: Letters of Recommendation

An applicant must submit or arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals or organizations. A letter of recommendation may be no longer than two pages. A description of the elements of a letter of recommendation is provided at the bureau’s web site. (Note: A public comment submitted about you will not count as a letter of recommendation.)

An applicant shall submit the required letters of recommendation to the bureau on or before April 19. Applicants shall submit the letters of recommendation to the bureau via e-mail to votersfirstact@auditor.ca.gov, or by facsimile, United States mail, or other common carrier. Letters of recommendation received by the bureau after April 19 will not be considered, and the applicant will not continue on in the application process.

On all of your letters of recommendation, you must include your application ID, which is 8543. The identification number is unique to your application and insures that each of your letters of recommendation is correctly attached to your application file before it is reviewed by the Applicant Review Panel. The letters of recommendation may be addressed to the Applicant Review Panel and can be mailed to 555 Capitol Mall, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA, 95814 in care of the State Auditor. They may also be faxed to 916-319-9295 or e-mailed to votersfirstact@auditor.ca.gov. E-mail is the preferred method of delivery.

Part 5: Financial Disclosure Form

If likely to be selected for an interview, you will be required to submit FPPC Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests. You do not need to submit that form now.

Part 6: PRIVACY NOTIFICATION AND WAIVER

LEGAL AUTHORITY AND REASON FOR COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

The Voters FIRST Act (the Act) and the regulations implementing the Act require that the selection of commissioners on the Citizens Redistricting Commission (commission) be open to public scrutiny and the press (see California Constitution, Article XXI, section 2, subdivision (c); California Goverment Code sections 8252, 11120, 11121, and 11125.1; California Code of Regulations, title 2, sections 60836, 60842, and 60846). The Act also requires that the Bureau of State Audits (bureau) select 60 of the most qualified applicants based upon their voter affiliation, their eligibility to serve pursuant to Article XXI of the California Constitution, the absence of any conflicts of interest, their relevant analytical skills, ability to be impartial, appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography, and their racial, ethnic, geographic, gender and economic diversity. To determine each applicant’s identity and qualifications to serve on the commission, and to track the demographic information of the applicant pool, this application seeks personal information about applicants that will be provided to the Applicant Review Panel, bureau staff, the public, including members of the press, the Legislature, and the commission.

CONSEQUENCE OF NOT PROVIDING ALL REQUESTED INFORMATION

Failure to provide all of the requested information will result in your disqualification and the removal of your name from the applicant pool. Thus, if you wish to serve on the commission, for each item of information requested, it is mandatory that you submit a response.

PERMISSION TO USE AND RELEASE PERSONAL INFORMATION

By submitting this application, you acknowledge that the application, all documents submitted in support of your application, including a Statement of Economic Interests (FPPC Form 700), if you are asked to submit one, letters of recommendation, materials generated as a result of any bureau or Applicant Review Panel investigation of you, and all comments about and responses to comments about your application are public records. You agree that the bureau shall provide copies of these materials to members of the public and the press, members and staff of the Applicant Review Panel, bureau staff, the Legislature, the commission, and as otherwise compelled by law. You understand that members of the Applicant Review Panel and the public may make public statements about you. You authorize the bureau to use the information submitted by and about you as the bureau deems necessary to select commissioners and replacement commissioners or otherwise comply with its legal duties, and you also authorize the bureau to post all materials related to your application to serve on the commission on its website.

VOLUNTARY WAIVER OF PRIVACY RIGHTS AND BUREAU LIABILITY

By applying to be a commissioner, you are waiving your privacy and other rights under various state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, the Information Practices Act (Cal. Civil Code section 1798 et seq.), and any defamation, invasion of privacy, and negligence claim you may have against the bureau and those acting on its behalf. Accordingly, by waiving your privacy rights, you are agreeing to permit the bureau to release any and all information submitted by or about you, EXCEPT that the bureau will not post on the Internet your date of birth, physical, mailing, and e-mail addresses (excluding the city and county), and telephone numbers, or the addresses and telephone numbers of your immediate family members. At this point in the process, the bureau will not collect, and please do not voluntarily submit to the bureau, your social security number, driver’s license number, financial account numbers, or health information. By submitting your application, you acknowledge and consent to the release of the information you and others are providing related to you, and except as specifically provided above, you are waiving your right to privacy regarding all information relating to you and your application to serve as a commissioner. This waiver authorizes the bureau to make public information submitted by or about you for a period of twelve (12) years from the date of your application, even if you are not selected as a commissioner. You are providing this waiver voluntarily, understanding that the bureau shall not be legally liable as a result of the release of information submitted by or about you, or as the result of comments made about you by others, that the bureau posts on its website or otherwise releases publicly. This includes claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, and any other statutory or common law claims.

WHO TO CONTACT

You have a right to review personal information the bureau maintains about you and verify its accuracy. Please contact the bureau’s Privacy Officer at (916) 445-0255, 555 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California, 95814 if you would like to view or obtain information about the location of your records and the categories of persons who use the information in your records.

Affirmation

I affirm, by entering my initials in the box, that the statements contained in this application are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and that I have read and understand the Privacy Notification and Waiver.

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Amendment 1

Submission Timestamp: 11/10/2010 17:11:06

New Employment: California Community Fdn, REDACTED

Los Angeles, CA 90071-1638 Phone: REDACTED

REDACTED

New Home info: REDACTED, Los Angeles, CA 90039

School Name and Location:
Course of Study/Major:
Diploma, Degree, or Certificate Obtained:
Date Completed, If Completed:
Number of Years Attended:

From:
To:
Employer Name:
Title/Job Classification (Include Range or Level, if applicable):
Total Worked (Years/Months):
Most Recent/Latest Supervisor:
Address:
Phone Number:
Description of Duties Performed:

Date:
Court:
Location:
* Offense (other pertinent information):

From Date:
To Date:
Address:
City, State, Zip Code:
County (or Country if Outside the United States):

Date of Contribution, if known:
Organization:
Location:
Amount:

Name:
Relationship:
Home Address:
Telephone Number:
Current Occupation:
Current Employer:
Within the past 10 years, has the family member engaged in any of the activities listed above that could cause you to have a conflict of interest?: Yes   No
If you answered “Yes” to the last question:
– When did the activity occur?:
– What was the activity?:
Do you have a special relationship with this person based on any of the three factors described above?: Yes   No

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