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Comments from CA Common Cause for Monday City Council meeting

From: domainremoved <Helen>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:16:43 -0700


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak at the last city council
meeting to share the expertise and resources, including
www.localredistricing.org, that CA Common Cause has in setting up an
independent redistricting commission. My apologies that I can not attend
the meeting on Monday.

CA Common Cause has been assisting residents, including Pamela Jones, to
address the issue of fairness for Belle Haven's representation. I have also
spoken with Mr. Shenkman. Ms. Jones will be making these comments at the
meeting and I wanted you to have a copy.

"Common Cause could not be here this evening but they have been helping me
and other citizens address this issue. They spoke with Mr. Shenkman and we
all agree that since the city already has a citizen that would pursue
litigation over fairness, ensuring that the district lines do not create
additional litigation over fairness would be advisable. Mr. Shenkman agrees
that an independent redistricting commission would be best. He would be
amenable to an extension to create the commission but, he does not want the
process to set up the commission to impede the creation of a Belle Haven
district by the 2018 elections. He would also agree to a provision that if
the commission can not be set up by the November 2018 elections,
it should be instituted by law at a later date.
Finally, CA Law, SB 1108 authorizes a general law city to to create a
commission to change the districts boundaries.
?bill_id=201520160SB1108 "

Helen Grieco
Northern CA Common Cause Organizer
415. 531. 1774 <(415)%20531-1774>
hgrieco_at_(domainremoved)twitter <https://twitter.com/#%21/commoncauseca>
CA Common Cause <http://www.commoncause.org/ca>
facebook <http://www.facebook.com/commoncauseca>
Received on Sun Oct 29 2017 - 11:21:30 PDT

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