Meet Your New California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission! – Includes Cynthia Dai of SF – All Members went to UC!

Well, your California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission is mostly picked now, so brace yourselves for some changes, political boundaries-wise.

Turns out that all the members, so far, have degrees from the University of California, for better or worse.

And is it possible that 20-something percent of the first commish will be Asian-American? Well, it’s 37.5% AA right now and the bulk of the selecting is done, so there you go.

All the deets are below.

Should your California Congressional District be more than 150 yards wide at high tide? Maybe.


Cynthia Dai: Asian, female, lives in San Francisco and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, UC Berkeley; master’s of business administration, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chief executive officer of Dainamic Consulting Inc. Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching leadership and teamwork.

Elaine Kuo, Asian, female, lives in Mountain View in Santa Clara County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in organizational studies and international studies, Northwestern University; master’s and doctorate in higher education and organizational change, UCLA. Caregiver for her elderly father.

Jeanne Raya, Hispanic, female, lives in San Gabriel and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in English, USC; law degree, UC Davis. Insurance broker.


Vincent Barabba, white, male, lives in Capitola in Santa Cruz County and earns more than $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in advertising, Woodbury Business College; bachelor’s in marketing, Cal State Northridge; master’s of business administration, UCLA. Founder and board chairman, Market Insight Corp. Former director, U.S. Census Bureau (1979-81).

Jodie Filkins Webber, Asian, female, lives in Norco in Riverside County and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s in political science, law and society, UC Riverside; law degree, Whittier Law School. Attorney.

Peter Yao, Asian, male, lives in Claremont and earns between $125,000 and $250,000. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, UC Berkeley; master’s in electrical engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; master’s in business administration, Cal State Fullerton; master’s in management, Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management. Claremont mayor.


Stanley Forbes, white, male, lives in Esparto in Yolo County and earns between $35,000 and $75,000. Bachelor’s degree in history, USC; master’s in history, UCLA; law degree, Vanderbilt University School of Law. Co-owner, The Avid Reader bookstore in Sacramento; and owner-operator of Forbes Ranch.

Connie Galambos Malloy, black, female, lives in Oakland and earns between $75,000 and $125,000. Bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish, La Sierra University; master’s in city planning, UC Berkeley. Director of programs, Urban Habitat.

All the gritty nitty, after the jump

“First Eight Commission Members Randomly Selected by the California State Auditor


California State Auditor Draws Names of First Commissioners to Serve on Citizens Redistricting Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 18, 2010  — Today the California State Auditor, Elaine M. Howle, held a landmark public drawing to select the names of the first eight commissioners to serve on California’s first Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission). As required by the Voters FIRST Act, the State Auditor randomly selected three applicants from a sub pool of registered Democrats, three applicants from a sub pool of registered Republicans, and two from a sub pool of applicants who are either Decline-to-State or belong to another party.

The Commissioners were part of the 36 eligible applicants that remained in the sub-pools after the legislative leaders, as required by law, exercised their strikes and eliminated the names of 24 applicants from the pool of 60 of the most qualified applicants identified on September 23, 2010 by the Auditor’s Applicant Review Panel (Panel). The Panel reviewed and evaluated the applicants based on criteria set forth by the Voters FIRST Act approved by voters in November 2008; including relevant analytical skills, the ability to be impartial; and a demonstrated appreciation for California’s diverse demographics and geography.

“I am very proud of the thorough and transparent work we conducted to establish the first Citizens Redistricting Commission,” said Elaine M. Howle, California State Auditor.  “I am confident the Commissioners selected today will be able to work together to select the remaining six applicants to create a Commission that is representative of our great State and can accomplish the important task of drawing the State and Congressional district lines.”

The applicants selected are:

Cynthia Dai, Democrat, San Francisco County

Elaine Kuo, Democrat, Santa Clara County

Jeanne Raya, Democrat, Los Angeles County

Vincent Barabba, Republican, Santa Cruz County

Jodie Filkins Webber, Republican, Riverside County

Peter Yao, Republican, Los Angeles County

Stanley Forbes, Decline-to-State, Yolo County,

Connie Galambos Malloy, Decline-to-State, Alameda County

The eight Commissioners are tasked with selecting the remaining six commissioners of the 14 member commission. They must select two applicants from each of the sub pools. Prior to making those additional selections of the final six members of the commission, the first eight members chosen will be provided training by the bureau on California’s diverse demographics and geography; the responsibilities of the Commission as set forth in the Voters FIRST Act; and the process for performing redistricting, including the use of computer software to draw district lines.

In total, the commission will include five Republicans, five Democrats and four members that are registered as Decline-to-State or with another party. The 14-member Commission will redraw the lines for California’s State Senate, Assembly and State Board of Equalization districts as well as the Congressional districts, based on information gathered during the 2010 census.  The Commission must draw the districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules that will provide representation for all Californians.

Both the video and transcripts of all meetings – including this public drawing- are available at

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5 Responses to “Meet Your New California Citizen’s Redistricting Commission! – Includes Cynthia Dai of SF – All Members went to UC!”

  1. Peter says:

    At least none of them went to Stanford.

  2. […] I have never seen evidence that people are regularly disenfranchised by districting plans which pass judicial muster. In general, if X percent of a population votes for a certain party in a legislative body than that party should have roughly that percent of seats in that body. And, aside from the vagaries of “First Past the Post” voting, that’s roughly what happens. Gerrymandering is real, but isn’t as effective or systematic as I think people think it is. Nevertheless, we Californians have appointed a commission to draw our maps, instead of letting politicians do it. here they are […]

  3. Jim says:

    I hope that none of the new districts has a perimeter greater than 4 times the greatest distance across it.

  4. Scott says:

    I see every one of these people has an advanced degree. God forbid we have someone with ‘just’ a college degree, who had to go to work to support himself and his family. Let alone someone with lots of experience and sound judgment who couldn’t afford college and didn’t have a family rich enough to indulge their leisurely path to multiple degrees.

    Not a representative sample at all, really.

  5. sfcitizen says:


    Testify, brother!