Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Application Process for New Redistricting Commission Open From December 15, 2009 to February 12, 2010

Los Angeles – Every ten years, the voting lines in California are redrawn to evenly divide the voting districts based on the latest census data. How the lines are drawn can determine who will run for office and who will win, and whether communities are kept together or split unfairly. In the past, the State Legislature has drawn the district maps for the State Assembly, State Senate, and Board of Equalization (an elected tax agency). Because of Proposition 11, a 14-person citizens commission will be in charge of redistricting in 2011. The application process for the commission is open from December 15, 2009 until February 12, 2010.

In 2011, the commission will hold public hearings throughout California, evaluate relevant materials, and eventually draw the new district maps. From January 2011 until the commission adopts new maps in September 2011, the commissioners may spend 10-40 hours a week or more on their responsibilities. The commissioners are paid $300 per day plus expenses when doing commission business.

The maps the commission draws will determine whether Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are kept together or split by district boundaries. “We need qualified Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to apply for the commission so that our communities have a voice in this process,” said Eugene Lee, Voting Rights Project Director at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

To apply for the commission, individuals must fill out an online form. The form can be found at and is due by February 12, 2010. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and its partner organizations will conduct application workshops during January and the first part of February to assist individuals with the application. A schedule of the workshops can be found at

After the application period is over, the 14 commissioners will be selected in a multi-step process that is supervised by the California State Auditor. The commission members will be appointed by December 31, 2010. The commission will be made of five registered Democrats, five registered Republicans, and four individuals who are either decline-tostate or registered with a third party.

To serve on the commission, an individual must be a registered voter in California for at least the last five years; have voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections; and have relevant analytical skills, be impartial, and appreciate California’s diversity.

For more information about the commission or the workshops, please contact APALC at or visit The California State Auditor has information translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese posted on its website at

Eugene Lee, 213-241-0212
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Founded in 1983, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for civil rights, providing legal services and building coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. APALC is affiliated with the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.
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Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.