Action Alert: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Every ten years our Congressional, state assembly and state senate district lines are redrawn. This is done by a Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission needs to hear from you about how you define your community.

Why should I care?

  • One of the promises of democracy is the power to elect our own government representatives. District boundaries can make the difference between empowering and maximizing our voices or minimizing and muting them.
  • Everyone within a district boundary is represented by the same elected official, so it’s important that the people within that boundary have shared interests, whether that’s environmental, cultural or economic, so they can have effective, responsive representation. 
  • Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole to the extent possible, and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests.

How do I give my input?

There are several ways to provide input to the Commission. 

  • During a Public Meeting: The Commission will hold hearings where you can provide input by phone. You can find out more about upcoming public input meetings at https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/meetings Don’t worry! You don’t have to sit through an 8-hour long meeting to be heard: you can sign up for a time to speak.
  • Electronically: email VotersFirstAct@crc.ca.gov or use the “Draw My Community” tool and submit it to the Commission at: DrawMyCACommunity.org
  • By Phone: (916) 323-0323 
  • In Writing: You can mail your input to
    California Citizens Redistricting Commission
    721 Capitol Mall
    Suite 260
    Sacramento, CA 95814

What should I tell the Commission?

When commenting to the commission, it’s important to tell them the economic and social interests that bind our community together, why our community/region should be kept together for fair and effective representation, where our community is located and what nearby areas we do and do not want to be grouped with.

The Commission draws the lines based on “communities of interest” which are areas with a shared social, cultural or economic interests. 

Ways that the North Coast could be considered a community of interest:

  • Our climate and environment have helped to shape the economies of the area, whether it is wood, wine, or weed, and we have developed a similar culture that prioritizes a clean, healthy environment.
  • Our economies used to be based on resource extraction and timber harvesting. Though the economies have now shifted to wine, cannabis growing and outdoor recreation, we are still dealing with the impacts of logging, mining and illegal cannabis grows.
  • We value small, family farms and sustainable food systems.
  • We are impacted by the dual threats of sea-level rise and wildfires.
  • Our region shares similar land-based agricultural interests, from wineries stretching North from Sonoma through Humboldt, to the famous “Emerald Triangle” growing region of Trinity, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties. Climate change is going to affect agriculture in our region, from warmer temperatures to less precipitation. We are better able to mitigate and adapt together
  • Our wild salmon fisheries found in the coastal streams and rivers of Northwest California, though a shadow of their former runs, are still vitaly important to our area and help to form a shared cultural interest. From tribal fishermen to recreational anglers, we share a love of our wild salmon and the region is invested in taking concrete steps to bring our salmon back. We are best able to advocate for salmon through preserving this community of interest.
  • Although Northwest California is often very rural, we are noticeably different from much of rural California. Environmental protection, love of public lands, and concern about climate change are values shared in Northwest California.
  • Northern California’s coast and immediately adjacent areas share a common economy and culture; by contrast, we are less similarly aligned with our fellow residents to the east (such as Tehama or Shasta County). These areas are more culturally conservative and their economies are still more tied to extractive economies, making them a poor “fit” with our area.