After years of being self-proclaimed politicians at dinner parties and social functions, Californians (specifically Pasadenans) are finally getting the chance to voice their opinions concerning the shaping of their political districts. The League of Women Voters: Pasadena Area is offering an opportunity for voters to participate in a free public forum at KPCC. The forum, “Dueling Maps: How Will Your District Change?”, will take a look at the potential outcome for political districts in a process that breaks the grasp of political parties. For the first time in California history, citizens rather than politicians are making the decisions, due to a 2008 redistricting initiative. The initiative placed the power to draw electoral boundaries for State Assembly and State Senate districts in a Citizens Redistricting Commission, rather than the State Legislature.
Dr. Morgan Kousser, professor of social science and history at Caltech, will regulate the discussion. The discussion will focus on the latest draft maps for Los Angeles County from the Citizens Redistricting Commission, along with maps proposed by ethnic, business and environmental coalitions. Groups participating in the forum will be the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, African American Redistricting Collaborative, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, and Citizens for the San Gabriel Mountains. RSVP to the event and have a hand in the politics of this community.
How Will Your District Change?
June 15, 7-9 p.m.
KPCC Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Admission free, but RSVPs required, space is limited. Go to scpr.org/events, click on the event then on the RSVP box. Or call the League office, 626.798.0965.