City of Pasadena Working to Endorse Reform

The Pasadena Star-News reports that the Pasadena city council is working towards a resolution in support of the Voters First initiative:

The City Council is aiming to be the first in the state to endorse a plan to change the way state assembly and senate districts are drawn up.

The council, at the prompting of Councilman Chris Holden, voted unanimously Monday to draft a resolution in support of the California Voters’ First initiative. The initiative, sponsored by the government watchdog group California Common Cause, would take redistricting power away from the legislature and put it into the hands of an independent, 14-member citizens’ commission.

Kathay Feng, California Common Cause’s executive director, said the initiative would prevent incumbent legislators from meeting behind closed doors to draw up district lines that would be favorable to them come election time.

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