2011 Districts added to JC “Redistricting” page

Statewide maps of the Senate, Congressional, and Board of Equalization district maps drawn by the California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission have been added to the Redistricting page on JoinCalifornia. The Assembly district map should be added soon.

New Party Attempting to Qualify

The California Secretary of State has informed the county clerks and registrars of voters that a new party political party is attempting to qualify for the 2012 Primary ballot. The counties now have 30 days to determine the percentage of valid signatures by verifying either 500 signatures OR three percent of the the total signatures filed, whichever is greater.

The group, called “Americans Elect” has filed more than 1,030,040 petitions with the counties. This is the number of valid petitions required to become ballot qualified. If all the submitted petitions are valid (which is unlikely), the party would immediately become a qualified political party. If the party is short of the full number of petitions, additional petitions can be submitted through January. The Secretary must determine that a party is qualified by January 22, 2012 in order to appear on the 2012 Primary ballot.

According to early numbers released by the Secretary of State, it appears that about 70-80% of the signatures submitted so far are valid.

California’s Legislature, 2011 ed.

Thursday marked the release of the 2011 edition of California’s Legislature by the Assembly Chief Clerk’s Office. The book, updated and released periodically since the 1940s, was most recently updated in 2006.

Among the features in the new edition;

  • The party composition of the Legislature for each session since 1849.
  • An expanded glossary of legislative terms.
  • Descriptions of the origin and meaning of the names of California’s counties. (The best is “Napa” which comes from a Native American word meaning either “grizzly bear”, “house”, “motherland”, or “fish”.)

The book can be purchased from the Legislative Bill Room, at 916-445-2645.