2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission

Applicant Review Panel

Updates Due to COVID-19

As the unprecedented public health situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has evolved, all aspects of life for Californians have been affected. Throughout this process, the health and well-being of our applicants, employees and vendors, and our community has been our highest priority.

In light of direction by Governor Newsom and public health officials, on March 20, 2020, we put our interview schedule on temporary hold. During that temporary hold, we worked with our remaining applicants, staff, and vendors to put in place arrangements for all remaining interviews to be conducted remotely via teleconferencing technology, and resumed our interviews on March 25, 2020.

All interviews continued to take place in a public meeting and were completed on April 23, 2020. However, given the public health emergency and the Governor's stay-at-home directives, we encouraged the public to view the interviews from the livestream on this page and noted that one or more of the Panel Members may participate in these interviews remotely, consistent with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, the Governor's recent Executive Orders, and relevant legal guidance.

Consistent with the Governor's Executive Orders, all remaining Panel meetings were conducted remotely and the meeting room was not open to the public. However, we urged all to continue to follow the progress, stay involved, and provide public comments. The meetings continued to be livestreamed and publicly accessible via this website.

Please note that due to the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we may not be able to respond to inquiries or post interview videos and transcripts immediately. We have implemented a short-term voluntary emergency telework program where appropriate and are working with only a small number of employees in the office to ensure social distancing. We will try to respond to inquiries and post interview videos and transcripts as quickly as possible, but due to the current situation, we may be unable to do so quickly. We believe in government transparency and will do our very best, but we ask for your patience and understanding as the world grapples with rapidly changing emergency events.

Every ten years, after the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect the new population data. In 2008, California voters passed the Voters FIRST Act authorizing the creation of an independent commission comprised of 14 members, including five Democrats, five Republicans and four who are either registered without a, or "independent" of any, political party (decline-to-state or no party preference) or with another party. The Commission is responsible for drawing the lines of each district. The open application period for new Commission members began on June 10, 2019, and ran through August 19, 2019. Tentatively eligible applicants were invited to continue through the process and submit a supplemental application and three letters of recommendation to complete their supplemental application package by October 20, 2019.

The Applicant Review Panel is charged with reviewing the application packages and ultimately identify 60 of the most qualified applicants. You can find more information about the timeline for the application and selection process with this flowchart (PDF).

What is the Applicant Review Panel (panel)?
  • The panel is responsible for reviewing the application materials submitted by individuals who apply to serve on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission and identifying the most qualified applicants.
  • The panel consists of three independent auditors—one who is registered with the Democratic Party, one who is registered with the Republican Party, and one who is registered with another party or without a party preference.
  • Each member of the panel must have at least 10 years of independent auditing experience.

The California State Auditor randomly selected the names of the members and alternate members of the Applicant Review Panel (panel) for the selection process for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission).

The panel will review the application materials submitted by Californians interested in serving on the 2020 Commission and identifying 60 of the most qualified applicants to serve on the 2020 Commission who will redraw the Congressional and State district lines.

The panel members were randomly selected from a group of employees at the California State Auditor's Office who have at least 10 years of independent auditing experience. As the law requires, the completed panel consists of one Democrat, one Republican and one who is either registered without, or "independent" of, any political party (decline-to-state or no party preference) or with another party.

Who is the Applicant Review Panel?
Three Independent Auditors Who Will Serve on the Applicant Review Panel

Angela Dickison: Currently a Senior Auditor Evaluator II and earned a B.S. in Accounting at Sacramento State. She has been with the California State Auditor's Office since 2005. Ms. Dickison is a Certified Public Accountant and has led audits of California's financial statements, the State Bar's financial operations and management practices, accounts outside California's centralized treasury system, homelessness in California, and the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, among others. Ms. Dickison registered with the Democratic Party.

Ben Belnap: Serves as a Deputy State Auditor with the California State Auditor's Office, with responsibility for leading a branch of the office's audits division that focuses on performance and information technology audits. In 2001, Mr. Belnap began his auditing career as a staff auditor for the California State Auditor's Office. In that same year, Mr. Belnap graduated with B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University. Before earning his degree, Mr. Belnap worked full time as a finance forms programmer for car dealerships throughout the Northwest. During the last 18 years, Mr. Belnap—a Certified Internal Auditor—has served as Principal Auditor or audit supervisor for more than 40 published audit reports, including reports related to child protective services, the University of California, and Medi-Cal. Mr. Belnap is active in Sacramento community, coaching numerous sports teams upon which his four children play, and he is registered to vote as No Party Preference.

Ryan Coe: Currently serving as an Auditor Specialist II in the IT Audits Unit. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor with more than 10 years of experience conducting audits of state and local government entities at the California State Auditor's Office. Mr. Coe has conducted audits on a wide variety of topics including education, public safety, health care, and information security. He earned a B.A. in English from CSU Stanislaus and a master's degree in Business Administration from Fresno State. Mr. Coe is registered with the Republican Party.

Three Independent Auditors Who Will Serve as Alternates on the Applicant Review Panel

Ralph Flynn: Has more than 13 years of experience conducting independent audits with the California State Auditor's Office. Mr. Flynn currently serves as a Senior Auditor Evaluator II, and he has conducted and led independent audits in a variety of areas, including audits of the California Department of Transportation, California Department of Veterans Affairs, Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program, and the Mental Health Services Act. Mr. Flynn earned a B.A. in History from Gonzaga University and a Juris Doctor from Creighton University. Mr. Flynn is registered with the Democratic Party.

Linus Li: A Principal Auditor with the California State Auditor's Office. Mr. Li has managed performance audits of state agencies and local governments, including the California Department of Education, California Public Utilities Commission, and the city of Lincoln. In addition to his 13 years with the California State Auditor's Office, Mr. Li has extensive experience working for management consulting firms that focused on improving governance, operations, and business processes of state and local governments throughout the nation. He also worked as a financial auditor for a public accounting firm, where he was responsible for conducting external financial audits of local governments and other entities. Mr. Li earned a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Washington and a master's degree in Business Administration from Sacramento State. Mr. Li is registered as No Party Preference.

Josh Hooper: A Senior Auditor Evaluator I with the California State Auditor's Office and has served with the office since 2008. Mr. Hooper has worked on and led a variety of independent performance audits, including audits of the University of California, Judicial Branch of California, and Department of Health Care Services' provision of preventive services for children in Medi-Cal. He has also worked on investigations of improper governmental activities by state employees and conducted work on the annual independent audit of California's compliance with federal regulations as part of California's Single Audit. Mr. Hooper participates in the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society and contributes to that organization's official newsletter. Mr. Hooper earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Sacramento State, is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner, and he is registered with the Republican Party.

Who's in the candidate pool?

We want to hear from you!

You can submit a public comment about a candidate by one of the following ways:

Online from any application

Online submission of public comments is preferred. At the bottom of each applicant's application you will see a button that says, "Submit Public Comment for this Applicant". You will be redirected to an electronic form to submit your public comment. The form will require you to provide your full name and contact information (email address, phone number, and mailing address) with your submission. If you do not provide this information, we cannot post your comment.

https://applications.shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov/index.html

Via e-mail

You may submit public comments via email to shapecaliforniasfuture@auditor.ca.gov. The public comment must include the applicant's identification number so we can attach your public comment to the correct application. You must also include your full name and contact information (email address, phone number, and mailing address) with your submission or we cannot post the comment. By submitting public comments via email, you are affirming that the statements contained in your public comment are true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

By Facsimile

You may submit public comments by Facsimile to (888) 694-5288. The public comment must include the applicant's identification number so we can attach your public comment to the correct application. You must also include your full name and contact information (email address [if applicable], phone number, and mailing address) with your submission or we cannot post the comment. By submitting public comments by facsimile, you are affirming that the statements contained in your public comment are true and correct to the best of your knowledge.

Through U.S. Mail

You may submit public comments by U.S. Mail. The public comment must contain the applicant's identification number so we can attach your public comment to the correct application. You must also include your full name and contact information (email address [if applicable], phone number, and mailing address) with your submission or we cannot post the comment. By submitting public comments by facsimile, you are affirming that the statements contained in your public comment are true and correct to the best of your knowledge. Public comments must be addressed to Shape California's Future and can be mailed to:

Shape California's Future
c/o California State Auditor's Office
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 1200
Sacramento, California, 95814

PRIVACY NOTIFICATION AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS

Upcoming Applicant Review Panel Meetings:

The Panel has completed its work and has disbanded.

The Panel has submitted the names of the 60 most qualified applicants to the Legislature by May 15, 2020.

Demographic Reports

Previous Applicant Review Panel Meeting Materials

To Access the Materials Use the Arrows Below

May 6-7, 2020
March 2 - April 23, 2020

Interviews: Videos and Transcripts

(Videos and transcripts are posted as soon as practicable.)

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February 19-21, 2020

Applicants Selected For Interview

December 19, 2019
November 20, 2019
August 28-30, 2019

To request any documents in a more accessible format please email or call us at shapecaliforniasfuture@auditor.ca.gov or (833) 421-7550.