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California Redistricting Moves Forward

The Citizens Redistricting Commission releases preliminary final maps for congressional and state legislative offices.

A state redistricting commission approved its preliminary final maps for congressional and state legislative electoral districts Friday, making it likely that they will become California's voting districts until the next redistricting process in 10 years.

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The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission will vote on adopting the final maps on Aug. 15, according to the commission's spokesman Rob Wilcox.

At that point, the commission will either finalize the maps or reject them—there will be no further revisions before that deadline, Wilcox said.

The maps that have been released will most likely be the next state districts, marking the first time in California history that an independent citizens commission drew district boundaries.

The preliminary final maps, which are based on feedback from the , show new boundaries for California's 53 congressional districts, 40 state senate districts and 80 state assembly districts, as well as districts for the state Board of Equalization, which handles taxation issues.

The new 66th District would include Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Lomita, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula would also be part of the new 26th District. This district would stretch from the Peninsula up to the edge of Topanga State Park north of Santa Monica. The district would also include Beverly Hills. West Hollywood, Catalina Island and San Clemente Island.

More information about the redistricting process, the commission and the criteria used for the new districts is available in . More information on the old Board of Equalization districts can be found on the board's website.

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