Shape California’s Future Supplemental Application Video

Hi! This is Margarita Fernandez. I am the Chief of Public Affairs for the California
State Auditor. Thank you for your continued interest in serving
as a member of the Citizens Redistricting Commission and helping to shape California’s
future! The Commission has a big job to do, but it
will also have the independence to decide how it will accomplish this job. The new commissioners get to create their
own priorities, their schedules, and their procedures. By being a part of the Commission, you can
help ensure fair representation for all Californians. This supplemental application is required
to continue through the process. We truly hope you will continue in the process
and thus have created this video to walk you through how to submit your responses. The supplemental application is intended to
demonstrate to the applicant review panel that you are one of the most qualified applicants
and are someone who should be on this commission. First, read through the supplemental application
instructions and privacy statements, and initial to acknowledge confirmation. You will want to read this thoroughly! There is helpful information within the application
to inform your responses. The supplemental application consists of six
parts. It will take some time to complete, but you
may plan your answers out in advance in another program (such as Word), then you can cut and
paste your responses into your application. You can and probably should save the application
frequently. There are save buttons at the top and bottom
of the application. The application does NOT save automatically,
so be sure to press the save button before leaving the page. Remember—this is a transparent process. Your application information and responses
are posted on our website. Contact information and personal details (such
as your address, your phone number, etc.) will be redacted. Your name, essay responses, party affiliation,
and other information will be public. We review everything that comes in for offensive
comments and profanity, all of which will be redacted. Everything on the application that has an
asterisk is mandatory. These essay questions ask you to describe why you are interested in serving on the Commission
and to describe your ability to be impartial, your analytical skills, and your appreciation
for California’s geographic and demographic diversity. The written responses that you provide on
these essays are extremely important and will have a significant impact on the Applicant
Review Panel’s decision making. Think of it like a job interview. This is your chance to expand on a “yes/no”
answer and help the panel understand why YOU would be a great commissioner. This is where you add more context to the
data below about employment history, education, etc. with detail. You may draw from experiences not just from
your professional career, but from your personal and volunteer experience as well. We encourage sharing experiences that go beyond
personal “data”. There is a 3200 character limit to the essay
responses (about 500 words). You may not type beyond that point. Be careful when pasting in a response from
another program. It will cut off at 3200 characters, so check
your responses carefully. The window that you type your response in
can be expanded if you click on the corner. But remember, the character limit still applies. Some essay questions refer to California
regulations and include a handy reference link to West Law where you can read a more detailed
description of each regulation. There’s quite a bit of room to emphasize and
highlight your skills and experiences in these essays, but we encourage you to read through
the regulations to see what the law lays out and think of how your answer will be reviewed
by the panel. Part 2 requires you to provide answers to
a series of general questions about your education, employment history, activities, former names
or aliases, criminal history, voting information, former residences, and financial contributions. Be sure to answer all mandatory questions
– marked with an asterisk. Under “Secondary Education” you can add
as many boxes as needed. It’s unlimited. In Employment history, we’re interested in
the last ten years. So if your employment history goes back 30
years, you only need to include the most recent ten. But, if you believe that your employment history
from beyond ten years is relevant to being a commissioner, you may include that as well. Your employment history may include retired,
volunteer, not-employed outside the home, or not employed. We’re not just looking for the jobs you
had in the last ten years. We want you to account for all of your time
over those ten years. Just like with Secondary Education, you can
add as many boxes as you need to share all relevant experience. After employment history we go to activities. This is not quite an essay question, but it
does have 500 words of space and gives you the opportunity to discuss what you’ve been
involved in and what you support that you haven’t already discussed. So if you’re actively involved in a certain
cause, social or political group, or volunteer organization, you may expand upon that here. It also asks about any activities you’ve
been involved in perhaps civic leadership roles. If you want to share any more details about
how your history is relevant to your qualifications to be a commissioner, you can do that here
as well. Former names and criminal history may not
be relevant to many people. Just be sure to check the boxes that are mandatory
and provide additional information if applicable. If you have former names or aliases that may
be on government or legal documents, include that here (for example: a maiden vs. married
last name if that changed as an adult). Criminal history only applies if you were
convicted of a felony by any court. It’s a similar button to some of the ones
we’ve had before, where you can add as many fields as needed. Criminal history does not eliminate someone
from consideration, but it must be disclosed. “Voting information” is asking if you
voted under a different address from your current address. You could have voted in three elections in
California but if you voted in a different county, we will need to know that so we can
confirm the information. The Secretary of State has a website where
you can look up where you were previously registered if you’re unsure. There’s a link to the site on Former residences: We’re looking for the last
ten years, but nothing prior to your 18th birthday. If you have had more than one residence within
the last ten years, you will need to disclose this information in this section. You only have to list a residence if you lived
there for more than 30 days. Again, you can add as many boxes as needed
to provide all information. Financial contributions. We are asking for information about any contribution
over $250.00—monetary AND non-monetary (such as property, vehicles, or services) that are
made to various organizations including but not limited to professional, social, political,
volunteer activities within the last two years. Contributions/Donations—extends to religious
organizations but does not include union dues. Family Information Because the conflicts of interest as specified
in the law extend to your bona fide family members, Part 3 requires you to respond to
a series of questions about your family members, their political activities, and any other
information that you believe may be relevant to your application. Family members—must be listed to the best
of your ability. If you haven’t had contact with someone
in several years, we don’t expect you to hire an investigator and track them down,
but you must report all information that you can reasonably access. Immediate family information must be completed,
even if you do not have a bona fide family relationship Again, there is a button to add as many as
needed. It may be one or two, or could be more than
twenty! Whether your family member has a conflict
of interest or not, you will still need to add their information here. Include anyone that fits the family listed
in the drop down menu here (living parents, spouse, registered domestic partner, children,
siblings, parents in law, siblings in law, sons and daughters in law). We’re looking for immediate family of you
and your legal spouse or partner (if applicable). We need to know whether you have a special
“bona fide” relationship with them, explained here. An immediate family member with a conflict
of interest may not necessarily be disqualifying but may be if you have a bona fide relationship
with them. There are links here that have more legal
definitions on special “bona fide” relationships. The last part to be filled out (other than
initialing at the bottom) is the “other relevant material” section. You may use this to add anything else you
want to share that didn’t fit into any of the other boxes. Again, be aware of the character limit – you
may copy and paste text but it will cut off at 3200 characters. Letters of Recommendation Part 4 requires you to submit three letters
of recommendation from individuals or organizations who can describe your qualifications to serve
on the Commission. These letters must be submitted separately
from your supplemental application, and the State Auditor’s Office must receive them by
the supplemental application deadline. If we are nearing the deadline, and we have
not received the three letters, we will notify you. You may only submit three letters of recommendation. They will be added to your application file
in the order in which they are received and may not be changed after that time. You do not add the letters of recommendation
on this page, and you may submit this part of the supplemental application before the letters
are provided. Online submission of the letters is preferred. You have three unique URLs that can be shared
with the people submitting letters of recommendation. They can click on that link and fill out the
information online. The links can be found in your profile page,
not just here on the application. You will receive a confirmation email that
someone has submitted a letter. The person submitting the letter of recommendation
cannot save progress on the letters of recommendation, so they should be sure they are ready to submit
the entire letter at once. You may want to have your letter-writers plan
out their letter in another program in advance and then copy and paste it onto the specified
location. If they get started and cannot finish, they
will have to come back and start all over. Part 5 is a notice of the fact that IF you
become one of the finalists that may be interviewed, you will be required to submit a financial
disclosure form known as a Statement of Economic Interests or Form 700. We will notify you if you need to submit this
and will provide instructions at that time. You do not have to prepare this right now. Part 6 requires you to affirm that you have
read and understand the privacy notification and waiver. Please read it carefully! Add your initials…
then you review your application. This is important. You cannot submit your application until you
review it. If you have errors, or incomplete responses,
they will be flagged. If everything looks good, you’ll need to
scroll all the way back to the bottom and then press “submit”. You cannot submit until you have corrected
any errors. It is important to note: saving does not submit
your application. If you have finished everything and saved
it, but haven’t hit “submit”, we won’t receive your application. Once submitted, you cannot get back to edit
your application. You can request an amendment via the site
or email, but the original application is locked. You can update your name, current address,
or phone number at any time on your profile on the website. What happens next? The applications will be screened for conflicts
and the applicant review panel will review the application package to ultimately identify
60 of the most qualified applicants. All decisions will be made in a public setting
as they begin this process and the meetings will be live-streamed. We will email you notifications when dates
and times are set for those public meetings. You will be contacted if you are selected
to continue in the process OR if you are eliminated from consideration. If you have additional questions, visit our
FAQ section or contact us through the website. If you need technical assistance when filling
out the application, contact us at [email protected] or call us at 833-421-7550. We hope this information has been helpful
to you and we encourage you to continue in the process and complete your online supplemental
application and submit your three letters of recommendation by the deadline. Through this commission, citizens like you
will be able to draw the lines for Congressional districts as well as the State Senate, State
Assembly, and State Board of Equalization. Districts that will be used for the next ten
years. Perhaps, it will be you who becomes a member
of California’s 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. Stay involved, participate, and help shape
California’s future!

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