Compiled by RADC Member - Tracy Wise
1. Submit a Public Comment to Keep Redlands Whole
In this video from the September 22 meeting in Rancho Cucamonga, the motion to conduct one of these public meetings in Redlands is denied:
In this video from the September 29 meeting in Hesperia there is a motion to present draft maps that keep certain named municipalities whole. The claim is that public comment drove that request.
Is the gerrymandering of Redlands playing out right before our eyes? Send in a public comment to #KeepRedlandsWhole, either via EM to [email protected] or online at
Dear Chair Keith D. Davis and Members of the San Bernardino County Redistricting Commission:
As a resident of Redlands, I strongly recommend that the City of Redlands be kept whole in any draft maps that are drawn up. Dividing the community up against itself is not in the best interest of its residents.
Redlands Resident, INSERT ZIP
2. Protect the USPS and the Delivery of Our Mail
Beginning October 1st, as part of the efficiency rollouts being made on behalf of US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, not only has the price of postage increased but the amount of time that mail will take to reach its destination is being increased:
In addition, ethical concerns have been raised regarding Mr. DeJoy’s investments vis-à-vis members of the U.S. Postal Commission:
And if that is not enough, Mr. DeJoy, is also under investigation by the FBI for past campaign fundraising activities: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/louis-dejoy-fbi-investigation/2021/06/03/4e24e122-c3d3-11eb-93f5-ee9558eecf4b_story.html
President Biden’s 3 appointees to the Postal Commission have been confirmed by the Senate (https://apnews.com/article/donald-trump-business-government-and-politics-79ff51acd91366b6ff1d5340bb27b93d), but they have not removed Mr. DeJoy nor stopped the implementation of his new policies.
Please write to Rep. Aguilar [https://aguilar.house.gov/contact/email], Sen. Feinstein [https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me], and Sen. Padilla [https://www.padilla.senate.gov/] calling for Congressional oversight to be instituted ASAP regarding the USPS before it is further destroyed by these actions.
Dear Rep. Aguilar / Sen. Feinstein / Sen. Padilla:
The U.S. Post Office is the one governmental entity in our nation which is beloved across the board. However, the actions being undertaken by U.S. Postmaster General DeJoy are undermining confidence in the effectiveness and efficiency of this key organization which stitches our country together in such profound ways. The new delays in shipping checks, prescription medicines, and the parts needed for businesses to operate are harmful to Americans.
Congress needs to do all in its power to demand that the members of the U.S. Postal Commission serve the nation’s greater good, stop the implementation of these harmful policies, and remove Mr. DeJoy so that an ethically above-board U.S. Postmaster General can be appointed.
Congress will also need to finally take the necessary steps to undo the self-funding demands on this vital organization, which exists for the public good (as Ben Franklin would argue), and which have been contributing to its structural financial issues.
3. Support Redlands Democrats!
Make this week the week that you become a full member of the Redlands Area Democratic Club (https://secure.actblue.com/donate/redlands-area-democratic-club--ca--1). The 2022 mid-terms are coming up, the groups who supported the January 6th insurrection plan to take back the House and any open Senate seats, and they are likely going to protest any votes that do not go their way. It will be, as in 2020, all hands on deck but with the decks across the country literally stacked against access to voting and small “d” democracy. Our actions as Democrats will be needed, starting locally, here in Redlands. We’re stronger together—let’s get to work!
- REMINDER: Voting Rights: New *City* Redistricting Information/Action
Future City of Redlands public meetings are scheduled:
- January 18, 2022 (time, etc. tbd)
- February 15, 2022 (time, etc. tbd)
- April 17, 2022 – adoption of the final maps
- REMINDER: Voting Rights: New *County* Redistricting Information
Here is the website, with the list of upcoming meetings *and* information on how to submit a map to the redistricting committee: https://sbcountyredistricting.com/ The next two meetings are:
October 13, 2021, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Town of Yucca Valley Council Chambers
57090 Twentynine Palms Highway
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
October 14, 2021, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm – NOTE THAT THIS IS AN EVENING MEETING!
San Bernardino County Government Center
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0835
- REMINDER: Voting Rights: New *Water* Redistricting Information
No information available at the present time. Here is a link to the current maps of the IE’s water districts: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e1a0b6df610f490892a970b01952274d&entry=3
We will continue to keep you up-to-date on redistricting efforts around our county (they voted NO on any meeting[s] in Redlands) and water districts and any further City redistricting news.
REMINDER: Replacement process for Councilmember Paul Foster still pending
- "The council must either appoint a replacement, or call a special election within 60 days of the vacancy", said city spokesman Carl Baker in an email. [emphasis added]
“Anyone who wants to fill the position would have to live in the area Foster represents, District 5, which is the south side of the city. If the council decides to call a special election it would likely be in the statewide primary on June 7, 2022."
“Whomever fills the vacancy will hold office for the rest of Foster’s unexpired term, which ends in December 2022 after the November 2022 election results are certified by the county", Baker said.
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- UPDATED: Legislation signed by Governor Newsom at the end of the current legislative session (ongoing)
For full text of the bills, you can go to: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov
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