Deadline Extended For Statewide Redistricting Public Comment

The California Citizens Redistricting Committee has extended the deadline for written public comment on the first round of draft maps to June 28.

Long Beach was host to a business meeting and public hearing at City Hall on April 27 regarding the redrawing of state and federal political district boundaries. Those who were unable to attend that meeting may take advantage of this new deadline, extended from the original June 10 target. Per the committee Web site, the public is being asked to answer the following questions:

  • Do you think the Commission understood your testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you think the Commission did not have enough testimony about your community of interest?
  • Do you have a suggestion that would make your district better reflect the interests of its residents, for example by moving the boundaries to include (or exclude) certain areas?

Written comments may be submitted via e-mail to votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, faxed to 916/322-0904 or given over the phone by calling 866/356-5217. Meanwhile, the committee has pushed back the date for the release of the second draft maps to July 12. For more information, visit www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

Inclusionary Zoning Bill Defeated

by George Economides, Publisher

The Apartment Association, Southern California Cities reported late Friday, June 3, that Senate Bill 184 that would have “allowed and encouraged cities and counties to set price controls on newly constructed rental and ownership housing” – also known as inclusionary zoning – was defeated. The bill need 21 votes in the senate to pass, but received only 17.

The association reported that two other bills it opposed were also defeated: Assembly Bill 934 would have “permitted cities and counties to adopt their own eviction controls, termination of tenancy laws and ordinances regulating rental contracts;” and Assembly Bill 265, which would have “permitted a non-paying tenant to pay rent three to four months late and then force the landlord to re-rent the unit to the former tenant.”

Local City Elections Show Strength Of Incumbency

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Incumbent elected officials in the cities of Signal Hill and Carson held onto their seats following elections March 1 and 8, respectively.

In Signal Hill, the election resulted in incumbents Larry Forester and Tina Hansen retaining their council seats. Hansen received 660 votes and Forrester had 569. Their only challenger, Matthew Simmons, finished with 429.

City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco ran unopposed as did City Treasurer Emerson Fersch.

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