California redistricting committee applicants meeting tonight

A meeting will be held tonight for those who have applied for the California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The meeting will be held in San Luis Obispo’s Small Conference Room at 990 Palm Ave. at 5:30 p.m.

California's first Citizens Redistricting Commission is a new 14-member commission assigned to redraw California's senate, assembly and State Board of Equalization districts based on information gathered from the 2010 census, according to the state auditor’s Web site.

“The Commission must draw the districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians,” the auditor’s Web site states.

The public is invited to attend the meeting tonight to learn more about the process.

The first round of applications already has passed and the second phase of the application period is underway with a deadline of April 2 to complete the supplemental application.

Former Paso Robles school district official and Latino Outreach Council Rich Benitez and Dan Chacon, Cuesta College’s former vice president of student support, are two local candidates.

--Nick Wilson