Public debate on redistricting continues | September 16, 2011 | Pleasanton Weekly | |

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Opinion - September 16, 2011

Public debate on redistricting continues

For those still puzzled by the new federal and state legislative districts in California, organizations are offering seminars, webinars and even luncheon presentations in the days ahead in an effort to make some sense out of what a 14-member multipartisan Citizens Redistricting Commission accomplished. Voters went to the polls to make sure elected officials couldn't have another crack at redistricting, which is required every 10 years based on the new national census. But even before the commission released its new maps of the 177 newly created legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization district, complaints started coming from Latino, African-American and politically focused organizations as well as sitting politicians who suddenly found the district they were elected to serve was no longer where they live.

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