The way we figure out who our state representatives will be is by cutting California up into little districts -- virtually, of course. Politicians can re-draw those lines every 10 years, after the census. Usually, the parties carve the state up in ways that are most beneficial to getting elected. But in 2008, California voters declined to do it another way and they passed Proposition 11, which creates a citizen commission to do the job. But many in the state are raising the alarm that the new process may not be any more democratic than the old. KALW's Holly Kernan interviews Adam Briones, program manager for the Claiming Our Democracy project of The Greenlining Institute in Berkeley.
Interested in becoming a commissioner? The Greenlining Institute has information on their website.