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Friday, June 3, 2011


Visualize This!

The Citizen's Redistricting Commission has posted some less-than-clear maps of staff direction during their line drawing meetings over the past few days.  We have taken many of these maps, imported them into maptitude with the PDI voter dataset, and have for you some new maps and analysis you can email around to your friends.  There are three sections;

Congress: http://redistrictingpartners.com/crc-visualizes-congress-analyzed/

Assembly: http://redistrictingpartners.com/crc-visualizes-assembly-districts-analysis/

Senate: http://redistrictingpartners.com/crc-visualizes-state-senate-analyzed/

If there are maps you need... REALLY NEED... please email info@redistrictingpartners.com.

There was also lots of news in the past 24 hours, including the posting of an interview with me, Kim Stone and Ted Lieu.  Great fun!


Politics on Tap with Greg Lucas
Cal Channel
A candid discussion of the latest political events in California with political reporter Greg Lucas and guests:  Ted Lieu: State Senator (D) Torrance / Kimberly Stone: President, Civil Justice Assoc. of California / Paul Mitchell: Redistricting Partners

Redistricting Report Hides Scandal
The Flash Report
Potentially devastating to the Commission, exposed the Commission to liability, and put a cloud over the work of the Commission were just three of the Commissioners’ comments today.

New Inland districts revealed in panel’s tentative maps
The Press-Enterprise
The Citizens Redistricting Commission on Thursday unveiled possible legislative and congressional districts for Inland Southern California. They will be revised over the coming days. Draft maps are scheduled to be released next Friday.

Proposed political district maps would sever most of Thousand Oaks from county
Ventura County Star
Most of Thousand Oaks would be politically detached from the rest of Ventura County under staff proposals presented Thursday to the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Will Redistricting Unify Altadena or Keep it Split?
Altadena Patch
One of the top priorities for the commission drawing new electoral boundaries for California is to group "communities of interest" together.

From the Twitterverse

@calchannel: #VIDEOoftheWEEK Politics on Tap w/ guests Sen. Ted Lieu, Kimberly Stone Pres. CJAC, Paul Mitchell Redistricting Partners http://ow.ly/59Iwo

@SDuncovered: #Redistricting | "Your lawsuit is a partisan, self-serving crock!" is the new "Drop dead" http://bit.ly/khFlvR

@MattRexroad: I am not sure I can sit silently in the redistricting commission much longer. Good Lord.

@KQED_CapNotes: #Redistricting reality / MT @roseinstitute: Commissioners will accept "funny looking dists" if it limits splits/follows Voting Rights Act

@KQED_CapNotes: Citrizens #Redistricting Commission now talking murky personnel matters/allegations. Sniping b/t members abt process. Not a good sign..

@RoseInstitute: CRC hopes to avoid characterization of #redistricting plans as "race-driven" #wedrawthelines #redistrictingCA


Goldsmith to Krvaric: Your lawsuit is a partisan, self-serving crock!
San Diego City Beat
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has removed the gloves and employed brass knuckles to the guts of local Republican boss Tony Krvaric’s lawsuit seeking to disband the city’s Redistricting Commission and transfer its duties to the City Council.

Boundary panel urged to keep North County in one district
North County Times
Keep North County's Highway 78 corridor in one county supervisor's district. And clean up some of the county's meandering district lines.

County’s redistricting committee works on ironing out wrinkles
San Diego Daily Transcript
Plans to redraw the lines between the county’s supervisorial districts continued to be refined during a Redistricting Advisory Committee meeting Thursday, but several wrinkles remained.

Redistricting commissioner is a San Diego resident, says Registrar
San Diego News Room
The San Diego Registrar of Voters ruled Wednesday that Redistricting Commissioner Carlos Marquez, whose residency was challenged by local GOP two weeks ago, is a registered voter in the city of San Diego.

Yolo County redistricting draws a crowd in Winters
Sacramento Bee
City dwellers in Yolo County have greeted the once-a-decade redrawing of supervisors' districts with a yawn. Just a handful of residents showed up at recent redistricting forums in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland.

Common Sense is needed when looking at new district lines
Woodland Daily Democrat
There are some people who know me for the various public organizations that I work for or with, so let me start off by saying that what follows are my own thoughts and opinions and in no way shape or form represent any ideas or thoughts of any of the organizations that I am associated with.


Redistricting battles hit a fever pitch
The Washington Post
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few weeks, it’s that we appear to be headed for an extremely contentious round of redistricting over the next 12 months or so.