Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. PT, tune in to The California Channel,www.calchannel.com, to view a live broadcast and webcast of oral arguments to be heard by the California Supreme Court about redistricting lines that will be used in this year’s state Senate elections.

The case, formally known as Vandermost v. Bowen (S198387), will be heard on an expedited basis by the state’s highest court to avoid any disruption in the June primary elections. An opinion may be filed by the California Supreme Court as early as the end of January.

The hearing is necessary because of a proposed referendum measure seeking to invalidate the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission’s certified state Senate district map.

If the referendum qualifies for the November 2012 ballot, it would place the revised district boundaries on the ballot for voter approval. Interim district boundaries would be set by court-appointed officials.

This proceeding will be heard at the Supreme Court’s Courtroom, Earl Warren Center, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco. Further information about this special session can be found at http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/calendars/documents/SJAN12SSA.PDF.

The California Channel is an independent, non-profit public affairs cable network governed by California’s cable television industry, and modeled after the national C-SPAN service. The channel’s primary mission is to provide Californians direct access to “gavel-to-gavel” proceedings of the California Legislature, and other forums where public policy is discussed, debated, and decided – all without editing, commentary, or analysis and with a balanced presentation of viewpoints.