Redistricting Public Opinion Window Closing
One Valley, One Vision.
And now, One Voice.
The Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce and concerned citizens are asking the public to speak out on keeping the city and valley whole before the time for public input on redistricting draws to a close.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is asking for the public to weigh-in on how voting districts are redrawn, but they will only be taking opinions until May 23.
After that, draft maps will start to be drawn up and then made public on June 10.
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Residents of Santa Clarita are being encouraged to contact the commission through mail, fax or email to emphasize that Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita valley should be kept whole.
The CRC can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at 916-322-0904 or by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 1130 K Street, Suite 101, Sacramento, CA 95814.
A petition can also be signed electronically, click here
“The Citizens Redistricting Commission, at its numerous regular public hearings, has shown a key desire to hear from just regular citizens and residents as opposed to elected officials. They really want to hear from the people,” said Hunt Braly, Vice-Chair of the Advocacy and Governmental Relations Committee for the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce.
At two public hearings, April 30 and May 1, Council Member Frank Ferry and Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender spoke to the 14-member commission to express the city’s desire to keep the city in one district, the valley in one district and to present a map of alternative ways to achieve those goals.
But those efforts don’t seem to be enough according to Mike Murphy, the city’s Intergovernmental Relations Officer.
He was in Congressman Buck McKeon’s Washington, D.C, office last week when he heard that one of the commission members had said, ‘We may end up having to divide the Santa Clarita Valley.”
Murphy said that comment caused the city to be concerned that the commission doesn’t fully understand the position of the Santa Clarita City Council and its residents.
The city is drafting a letter to the commission to reiterate their position. However, they want the public and business owners to speak out too.
Hence, the need for One Voice to go along with the One Valley, One Vision.
The Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce represents 1,100 local businesses and they are actively advocating the public express their desire to keep the city and valley as one, because it’s good for business.
“Having our local community divided among districts results in us losing the ability to communicate more clearly and succinctly with our elected officials,” Braly said.
The city’s wishes follow along three lines:
City of Santa Clarita be placed within only one Congressional, State Senate Assembly, and Board of Equalization district and not divided among two or more districts.
Santa Clarita Valley be placed within only one Congressional, State Senate Assembly, and Board of Equalization district and not divided among two or more districts.
The City of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Valley be placed with compact districts, which should include other communities of north Los Angeles County and/or the northwest communities of the San Fernando Valley.
For more information on the CRC click here.