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Redistricting panel nominates final 6 commissioners

December 10, 2010 |  3:54 pm

A citizens commission created to redraw the state’s legislative districts proposed the appointment of six more Californians to the panel Friday, hoping to address concerns that its initial makeup did not adequately reflect the state’s diversity.

Nearly a month after the first eight commissioners were randomly selected by the state auditor from a pool of 36 finalists, they took the required second step of proposing half a dozen other people from the same pool to round out the 14-member commission.

The Citizens Redistricting Commission set a possible final vote on the six appointments for Wednesday in order to allow the public to weigh in on the proposed appointments.

The commission as proposed would be evenly divided by gender, and  includes four people primarily identified as Asian Americans, three as Latino or Hispanic, three as white, two as African Americans, one Pacific Islander and one American Indian.

"It’s important that the public see themselves in the commission," said  panelist Stanley Forbes, a bookstore owner. "Part of this process is that we develop trust and faith in the community and therefore I think it’s important we look like the community."

The six proposed commissioners are Gabino Aguirre of Santa Paula, Maria Blanco of Los Angeles,
Michelle DiGuilio-Matz of San Joaquin County, Lilbert "Gil" Ontai of San Diego, M. Andre Parvenu of Culver City and Michael Ward of Anaheim. 

-- Patrick McGreevy