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May 8, 2001

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) announced today that the Assembly Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee will hold a public Redistricting Hearing for the Bay Area on May 18, 2001 in San Francisco.  During the next few months, the Committee will hold a series of hearings across California to gather input into the process of drawing new lines for California’s Assembly, Senate, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts.

“I encourage Bay Area residents and local organizations concerned with redistricting to attend the hearing,” said Simitian.  “Public input is an important part of the process, and absolutely essential for fair representation within the new districts.”

WHO: State Assembly Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee
WHAT: Public Hearing on Redistricting
WHEN: May 18, 2001 at 11:00 a.m.
Edmund G. Brown State Building
First Floor Auditorium
505 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

BACKGROUND:  Following the national Census every ten years, the California State Assembly and the California State Senate draw new districts for the State Assembly, State Senate, Board of Equalization and Congress to reflect population shifts within the state. 

As part of the 2001 redistricting process, the State Assembly and the State Senate have funded a project conducted by the University of California at Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies, to make current Census data and other information relevant to the redistricting process available to the public at a nominal cost.  The public may obtain access to this data at .