2011 Central Coast Redistricting: Advancing Just Representation

The work of CAUSE has come full circle in its efforts to impact the redistricting process at the local, state and federal levels.

In 2001, CAUSE convened and provided technical support to the Ventura County Redistricting Task Force that led to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors adopting one of the supervisorial district maps presented by the Task Force. Ten years later in 2011, CAUSE has worked with diverse community and labor groups and individual community leaders to impact the redistricting of assembly, senate and congressional districts.

In 2008, California voters passed the Voters First Act that established the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw the new assembly, senate and congressional districts following the 2010 Census. Beginning in 2010, CAUSE began its redistricting work by providing outreach and technical assistance to diverse applicants to serve on the first CA Redistricting Commission. Following a one-year application process involving over 30,000 statewide applicants, with CAUSE’s technical assistance, one of the fourteen members selected from throughout the state to the first CA Redistricting Commission was Dr. Gabino Aguirre from Ventura County.

Once the commission was established, CAUSE provided outreach and education about redistricting to engage diverse communities throughout the six-county central coast region including Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. With input and support from diverse community groups and leaders, CAUSE proposed five distinct assembly, senate and congressional district maps. The CA Redistricting Commission adopted the senate and congressional district maps in their entirety. Additionally, the Redistricting Commission incorporated improvements proposed by community members organized by CAUSE to the assembly district map. Because of this work the county supervisor,  assembly, senate and congressional redistricting maps from 2011 to 2021, will provide diverse,  working poor and middle class families wtih a stronger opportunity for more effective public representation.

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