Background on Commission

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

SessionDateLocationChair/Vice ChairCommissioner NameParty
1January 12-14SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
2January 20-21SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
3January 26-28SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Dai
Ward
D
R
4February 10-13ClaremontChair
Vice Chair
Ward
Galambos-Malloy
R
DTS
5February 23-27SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Galambos-Malloy
Filkins Webber
DTS
R
6March 10-13SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Blanco
R
D
7March 22-25SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Ontai
D
R
8April 7-8SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Aguirre
R
D
9April 13-16San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Hanford, MercedChair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Barabba
D
R
10April 27 – May 1Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San Fernando, LancasterChair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Dai
R
D
11May 5-6Norco, Santa AnaChair
Vice Chair
Dai
Yao
D
R
12May 12-14Palm Springs, San Marcos, San DiegoChair
Vice Chair
Yao
Ancheta
R
D
13May 19-24Auburn, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Salinas, San Jose, OaklandChair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Barabba
D
R
14May 26-27CSU, NorthridgeChair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS
15June 1-2McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Galambos Malloy
Ontai
DTS
R
16June 7McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Aguirre
R
D
17June9-10McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Filkins Webber
D
R
18June 16-20Culver City, Whittier, Fullerton, San Bernadino, San DiegoChair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Blanco
R
D
19June 22-25Oxnard, Fresno, Stockton, San JoseChair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Yao
D
R
20June 27-28San Francisco, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Yao
Dai
R
D
21July 1McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Dai
Filkins Webber
D
R
22July 6-8McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Ancheta
R
D
23July 11-14McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Ontai
D
R
24July 20-22McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS
25July 26-28McGeorge School of Law, SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Galambos Malloy
Barabba
DTS
R
26August 13-15SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Barabba
Aguirre
R
D
27September 15-16SacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Aguirre
Filkins Webber
D
R
28TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Forbes
R
DTS
29TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Forbes
Yao
DTS
R
30TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Yao
Raya
R
D
31TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Raya
Ontai
D
R
32TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ontai
Ancheta
R
D
33TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ancheta
Ward
D
R
34TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Ward
Dai
R
D
35TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Dai
DiGuilio
D
DTS
36TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
DiGuilio
Blanco
DTS
D
37TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Blanco
Parvenu
D
DTS
38TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Parvenu
Filkins Webber
DTS
R
39TBDSacramentoChair
Vice Chair
Filkins Webber
Galambos Malloy
R
DTS

Meet the first eight commissioners!

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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How was the Commission formed?

Who Serves on the Commission?

Need More Information?

Call us at (916)709-6303, send us an e-mail at
votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov
or send written requests to:

Citizens Redistricting Commission
1017 L Street, PMB 563
Sacramento, CA, 95814