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THE NOONER for August 16, 2011
TODAY'S DISTRICT UPDATES
As expected, the Citizens Redistricting Commission adopted the four redistricting plans on a 13-1 vote. The adopted plans are the same ones that have been floated for public consumption the last two weeks, which makes geeks like me happy, since it won't require recoding 177 district maps.
Also as expected, the California Republican Party launched an effort to challenge the State Senate maps, either by legal action or through a referendum. The committee challenging the plans is called Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting. It's unclear whether they are going with the acronym of FAIR or FAR, which would be an accurate assessment of their chances of yielding a better chance than given by the commission.
Democrats are just fine with the challenge, which may be the best way possible for GOP leaders to waste the party's llmited cash before the 2012 election. And, it's hard to see how the plan could get much better, particularly with the Latino community pushing for a change that would hurt the GOP as well (more below).
Roll Call's Richard Cohen gets a quote from Jim Brulte, who knows a little about drawing lines for Republicans: "It's hard to believe that the Supreme Court can draw worse lines for Republicans."
The Latino community is upset in Orange County with the lone Senate seat held by a Democrat Lou Correa. The commission split Dem and Latino voters between SD29 and SD34, and basically eliminates a Dem/Latino Senate seat for most, if not all, of the decade. The National Association of Latino Elected Officials is also unhappy with SD18, Alex Padilla's seat, as it sweeps in Sherman Oaks and Studio City and is thus less Latino than it is under current lines (although almost identical in party registration).
Not all Republicans are sold on the idea of a referendum, however:
Matt Rexroad tweets: "If anyone running a state ballot measure started gathering signatures with $500k in pledges that would be malpractice."
Apparently, Matt's a cash-up-front kind of guy.
Redistricting Panel Member Says Decisions Tainted By Politics - latimesblogs.latimes.com
Redistricting Commissioner Michael Ward was the only member of the panel to vote against all the new legislative maps Monday and hours later he accused his colleagues of violating their legal requirements by making some decisions based on political considerations....
Records Hide California Lawmakers' Spending - JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press @ mercurynews.com
The Assembly this month released budget figures that should have shined a light on lawmakers spending, after a formal request for them from a legislator who is embroiled in a feud with the Democratic leadership over his office budget. Instead, the documents offer an incomplete and at times contradictory picture.
Democrat Bill Monning Says He'll Run For Sam Blakeslee's Senate Seat - Bob Cuddy @ sanluisobispo.com
Democratic Assemblyman Bill Monning announced Monday that he will run for the state Senate seat now held by San Luis Obispo Republican Sam Blakeslee.
Redistricting Plan Sets Off Scramble For Congressional Seats - Patrick McGreevy @ latimesblogs.latimes.com
A citizens panelâs approval Monday of new boundaries for congressional districts in California set off a series of announcements by candidates jockeying for a place in the new order.
California Interests Line Up To Shape State's Health Exchange - Kevin Yamamura @ sacbee.com
At a suburban Sacramento auditorium normally reserved for tax matters, the new California Health Benefit Exchange board attracted a who's who of health care lobbyists when it convened in April.
Follow The Money: Club For Growth, UC Employees Both Big Donors To Deficit "Super Committee" Members - Carla Marinucci @ sfgate.com
The conservative Club for Growth is the biggest single organizational contributor to Congressional members of the newly named bipartisan "Super Committee" on deficit reduction, according to an analysis from Maplight.org, the money in politics watchdog website.
California GOP Will Challenge New Senate Maps - Lisa Vorderbrueggen @ ibabuzz.com
The California Republican Party announced it will file a petition Tuesday and seek a voter referendum of the new state senate maps, and perhaps the congressional maps, adopted this morning by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Governor To Decide Bill To Raise Cell Phone Fines - Wyatt Buchanan @ sfgate.com
A bill that would significantly increase fines for motorists who talk on cell phones or text while driving is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after receiving final approval from the Legislature today. The bill, SB 28,...
Social Welfare Groups Call For Amazon Boycott - latimesblogs.latimes.com
A coalition of advocates for improved health, welfare and social services is calling for a boycott of Amazon.com Inc. until the giant Internet retailer drops a referendum aimed at overturning a new law requiring it to collect sales taxes on...
New Political Maps Force North Coast Politicians To Adjust Plans - pressdemocrat.com
New political district maps approved on Monday will color the race to replace Rep. Lynn Woolsey and prompt 7th District Assemblyman Michael Allen to move to advance his political career.
Referendum Proposed To Overturn Redistricting Plan - latimesblogs.latimes.com
A group of Republican leaders said Monday that the new redistricting plan will be challenged by a referendum drive. "A referendum will be filed with respect to the Senate lines and possibly the congressional lines," said California Republican Party Chairman...
"Bush-o-meter" Ranks SF Mayoral Candidates - Lance Williams @ californiawatch.org
With Mayor Ed Lee in the race, 16 candidates are running for mayor of San Francisco, the election department says.
Jerry Brown Gets Bill To Raise Cellphone Fines - blogs.sacbee.com
Legislation that would increase fines for using a cellphone while driving - and making the law apply to bicyclists as well - was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown Monday.
What's Public At City Hall Is Secret In Sacramento - Brian Joseph @ taxdollars.ocregister.com
When it comes to secrecy in California, turnabout isnât fair play. Assembly Speaker John A. Perez has made headlines this year with his proposal to dissolve the tiny (and scandal-plagued) city of Vernon. The speaker says the city, which has roughly 1,800 businesses but less than 100 residents, doesnât have an independent electorate and doesnât operate transparently. He's introduced Assembly Bill 46 to strip Vernon of its cityhood and absorb it into Los Angeles County.
Inflated Medical Bills Mask True Cost Of Care - David Lazarus @ latimes.com
It's bad enough that her son has a chronic disease that can send him to the emergency room when the pain becomes unbearable. But Susan Kenyon is also grappling with wildly inflated medical prices that have become a mainstay of our healthcare system.
Assemblyman's Dispute With Ice Cream Truck Vendor Heats Up - Torey Van Oot @ blogs.sacbee.com
California Redistricting Panel OKs New Boundaries - Marisa Lagos @ sfgate.com
For the first time in state history, an independent group of citizens has redrawn California's political districts, approving a set of maps Monday that are expected to help Democrats garner more power in the solidly...
Federal Deportation Law Has Downsides, Local Sheriffs Say - californiawatch.org
A new report compiles testimony from law enforcement officials attacking a federal policy that directs local authorities to detain for deportation all illegal immigrants they arrest.
Terminal Operators At Ports Of L.A. And Long Beach Agree To Cut Diesel Emissions - Ronald D. White @ latimes.com
Seven terminal operators at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will undertake cleanup projects under a settlement reached with California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris.