That's why it is important that non-elected residents of Long Beach directly contact the California Citizens Redistricting Commission about how they would like the boundaries drawn. The Commission is mandated to:
- Draw districts with equal population.
- Comply with the federal Voting Rights Act to ensure minority voters have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.
- Draw districts that are contiguous.
- Respect counties, cities, communities of interest and neighborhoods, where possible.
- Draw districts to be compact, where predictable.
- Draw districts to nest within each other, where practicable. The goal is for one State Senate district to contain two State Assembly districts, and one Board of Equalization District to contain 10 State Senate Districts.
You don't need to go through anyone, elected or otherwise, to let the Commission know your opinion on how boundaries must be drawn to provide equal representation. In fact, if the Commission believes that the input is politically directed, it may ignore the information to avoid the appearance that once again, lines were drawn to suit politicians and not the voters.
You can attend the public hearing or go online at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/ to read more about the process.
You can then contact the Commission directly at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html
or send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved. This is a once in a 10 year chance to decide how political boundaries should be drawn -- and they should be drawn by you, not elected officials.