Meeting with J. Ray Kennedy, Commissioner, California Redistricting Commission via Zoom


On June 22, 2021 Inland Action met Ray  Kennedy, Commissioner on the California Redistricting Commission. Every ten years, after the federal census, California must re-establish the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect new population numbers. District maps are redrawn as communities change. They grow and shrink as people are born, die, move and areas that were once roughly the same number of people become unequal. Every voice is important, and all residents ideally should be involved as redistricting has been used at times to exclude communities from political power. By fully participating in and monitoring the upcoming redistricting process, more communities will have a better opportunity to elect candidates of their choice who will voice their needs and interests.