Kessler, Alice

Alice Kessler is the Government Affairs Director for Equality California. EQCA works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people.

Who Will Redraw Our Districts?

By Alice Kessler
Equality California

Californians have until February 12, 2010 to apply for the first ever Citizens Redistricting Commission, established last year by a voter initiative.

The intent behind the new law was to de-politicize the highly-charged redistricting process and take it out of the hands of Sacramento insiders. It’s important to have a commission that reflects the diversity of our state, but the make-up of who’s applied so far is troubling.

California is a “majority minority” state with a roughly equal amount of men and women. Now compare that with the latest statistics on eligible applicants for the redistricting commission.