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June 14, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Redistricting decisions are important to all of us

Letter to the editor: Redistricting decisions are important to all of us

I want to thank council members Anu Natarjan and Bill Harrison for their leadership in attending/speaking at the June 7 [California Citizens Redistricting] Commission hearing in Sacramento to make sure that Fremont stays in Alameda County. We also need to recognize the efforts of Anil Godhwani for organizing the bus, Sergio Santos, Dave Bonaccorsi, Dr. Raj Salwan, Yogi Chugh, Shobana, Ajay, Yogi, Aref, Alex and Ishan for attending as well as 50-60 people others who accompanied them. Many of the Commissioners commented about the passion of the Fremont group and their focus.

Now, 35 percent of Fremont is included as a part of an Alameda Congressional District. The Redistricting Commission said they did not have time to address all of Fremont's concerns and that they would try do so in the next round.

We need to continue our efforts by attending the June 25 Commission meeting in San Jose and send emails demanding that all of Fremont and the Tri-Cities stay in an Alameda County-based Congressional district. The Commission maps should be adjusted to reflect this.

The next Commission meeting is in San Jose on June 25. A large mobilization effort is being mounted to ensure our voice is heard. Now is the time!

What you can do...
Email the Commission at:
Attend the Commission meeting:
June 25
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
San Jose City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose

Our message is strong, credible and resonating. We cannot waiver!

John R. Smith

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