Congratulations to your reporter Bill Kisliuk for his article on the impact of the new redistricting reform on our cities (“District revamp to challenge Reps,” April 3). It gives an accurate appraisal of the issues at stake.
What the people in our communities need to focus on is that their personal testimony to the Citizens Redistricting Commission will be crucial. If you want to make sure the commission understands what kind of districts you want, you’ll need to prepare testimony to submit, either at hearings or in writing.
It’s not hard. All you need is a printed Google map, or a paper AAA map, and a specific description of your neighborhood or community. The commission has provided guidance about how to testify, which you can find on its website www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov. Just click on “Learn More” and download the Toolkit.