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California Citizens Redistricting Commission won’t release second round of maps Thursday

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:10 pm | Updated: 6:56 am, Wed Jul 13, 2011.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission took an about-face and decided to not release a second round of proposed maps for new congressional, Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.

Commissioners decided in June to revise the first maps, which drew criticism among San Joaquin County activists because the Assembly and State Senate maps divided the county. The new maps were to be released Thursday morning, but the commission decided against it at Saturday’s meeting.

“We didn’t take this decision lightly,” said Michelle DiGuilio, a Stockton resident serving on the redistricting commission. “We’re not trying to exclude the public.”

The redistricting commission will meet this morning, focusing on legislative districts north of Los Angeles County, while Thursday and Friday will focus more on Southern California. Map drawers will work directly with commissioners during this week’s meetings on possible changes.

DiGiulio said she acknowledges that following the commission’s activities this week will take some work by the public, but it comes at the commission’s desire to get the maps drawn correctly.

Today’s commission meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to about 6 p.m. at McGeorge School of Law, 3200 Fifth Ave., Classroom C, Sacramento. The meeting will be streamed live at www.wedrawthe lines.ca.gov, and any changes to the maps, called “visualizations,” will be available at the same website.

Public comments may be sent to the commission by email at votersfirstact@ crc.ca.gov, by fax at 916-651-5711 or by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P St., Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814.

The final district maps are slated to be released July 28 and adopted by the commission on Aug. 15.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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