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Wednesday, June 22, 2011


1...2...3... Do we hear a fourth?  

To date three members of Congress have walked away this year: Jane Harman, Bob Filner, and now Lynne Woolsey.  This gets us a bit closer to our prediction of 10-12 members of the CA Congressional Delegation that won’t return to DC next year.  Who will be the fourth?  I’m sure our twitter account at twitter.com/udrawthelines will be buzzing with speculation.

But for now the Woolsey announcement is just another gift to the Luckiest Man In Redistricting: Assemblyman Jarred Huffman.   The powers that be gave him a trifecta: Assembly, Senate and Congressional seats that seemed perfectly drawn for him.  And now the sitting Congresswoman has retired, and the only significant challenger was drawn into the neighboring district.  Rumor has it that many forlorn (and currently unpaid) state legislators are lining up at his door to rub his belly for better luck in the second drafts.

Another winner in redistricting is David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, who has cornered the market in sports-related redistricting metaphors.  The line of the week was seen in this NYT article: “Redistricting might be the only enterprise in which you can fairly compare LeBron James and Dennis Kucinich. Leaving Cleveland is no guarantee of winning, and I don’t think Kucinich’s chances are any brighter outside of Ohio.” 

We don’t know what this means, but sounds like it’s not good. 

As always, we've got all the news below, and again we are using our new Congressional section below the tweets.  You DC folks who are getting today's email 15 minutes before COB can just scroll there for the news you care about.


Hispanic groups dispute new Calif. Political maps
Sacramento Bee
Hispanic advocacy groups in California are alarmed about new political maps that sketch proposed boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts, saying the changes will disenfranchise the fastest-growing segment of the population in a state where the number of Hispanic politicians has soared during the past two decades.

Citizens’ Redistricting Commission Gets An Earful
Residents from Imperial Valley to the coast turned out to a public hearing in San Diego Monday night on state and congressional redistricting. Some drove almost two hours to present their case to the Redistricting Commission. It was the last opportunity to give the 14 member Citizens’ Commission oral testimony before the final maps are drawn up in August.

Sacramento council members protest legislative redistricting map
Sacramento Bee
Key Sacramento city officials are protesting a plan by California's fledgling redistricting commission to sever portions of eastern Sacramento from the central city in crafting new legislative districts.

Redistricting maps topic of Davis talks
Woodland Daily Democrat
Maps recently released by the California Redistricting Commission propose to divide Yolo County into three Assembly districts, three state Senate districts and three Congressional districts, appending the community to neighboring districts.

Redistricting Plan: Bad for Yolo; Good for Competitiveness and Democrats?

The People’s Vanguard of Davis
Yolo County officials are necessarily concerned that the county is currently slated to be cut into thirds, separating, of all things, Woodland from Davis, two communities just seven miles apart.

Redistricting Commission Listens to San Joaquin County Residents at Delta College
Bilingual Weekly
Two U.S. Congressman, Two California Senators, and Three Assembly Members may represent San Joaquin County —the City of Stockton may not be separated this time around— following the first draft of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Congressional and Legislative maps.

San Mateo County election boundaries are in flux
San Mateo Public Policy Examiner
On June 10, California’s new Redistricting Commission, the 14-member board of lay citizens charged with drawing state legislative, congressional and board of equalization districts for the next decade, released draft maps that have set off a scramble for coveted political offices by would-be candidates, incumbents seeking to retain a seat and usurpers galore all over the Golden State. 

New districts would shift power on Peninsula
Mountain View Voice
The map of Sen. Joe Simitian's district in the state Senate currently resembles a rabbit gazing at the sky, its brain positioned somewhere around Los Altos.

Residents React to Redistricting at Public Meeting
San Marino Patch
San Gabriel Valley residents offered a message of logistical unity when delivering their thoughts on the yet-to-be-finished redistricting plans at a recent public input hearing in Whittier.

San Diego and Imperial County Residents Voice Their Concerns Over 1st Draft Map of California Redistricting Commission
OB Rag
Local residents had their chance last night to voice their concerns over the way the California Redistricting Commission had drawn their State Assembly, Senate and U.S. Congressional districts.  The 14 member commission released the first draft of their plans to redraw the boundaries of their representative government on June 10th and have embarked on a whirlwind listening tour to gather residents’ input.

Mayor Graham Addresses Flawed Redistricting Plan
In an open letter to the Citizen's Redistricting Commission, Mayor Graham sent the following open letter...

Imperial County officials speak out about proposed state districts
Imperial Valley Press
Local officials took to the podium Monday to plead their cases that Imperial County belongs with portions of eastern Riverside County, not eastern San Diego.

Tweak the lines
San Bernardino Press-Enterprise
Inland residents need legislators focused on this region, not on other parts of the state. The independent commission drawing California's new political districts has made a commendable start. But the commission should improve its first effort by revising proposed districts that mix parts of Inland cities with disparate communities outside the region.

Illegals increase GOP power – for now
Redding Record Searchlight
At almost every chance they get, prominent Republican politicians spew a line of anti-illegal immigrant rhetoric they insist is true, even when most of their claims are unproven.

Editorial: Political logic returns to Central Coast
Monterey County Herald
The independent commission responsible for creating new political boundaries in California appears headed in the right direction, at least in regards to the Central Coast.

From the Twitterverse

@Redistrict My pet peeves = the two distinctions local reporters just can't seem to get: compactness/contiguity and redistricting/reapportionment

@d_meyer: @Redistrict Also, misconception that independent #redistricting yields more competitive districts.

@mayorcabaldon: Shocking: politicians oppose redistricting maps drawn without regard to politicians. "leave everything like it was" ain't what voters passed

@dgtedford: Residents: I know we voted for #redistricting and all, but could you just put it back to the way it was? Thanks. http://t.co/FXKaXPQ


Let’s Keep Talking About Redistricting
New York Times
NS: Because of Florida and California, are we likely to see a more competitive map over the next decade compared to the last one?

Change in power in Congress hasn’t diminished California’s clout
LA Times
California Republicans don't have a lot of reasons for optimism — they lost every statewide race in November, their share of the state's voters is plummeting and proposed new districts could give Democrats a supermajority in the Legislature and more seats in Congress in 2012.

New redistricting map could make California less golden on the Hill
The Washington Post
When it comes to clout on Capitol Hill, California has long reigned supreme, with its lawmakers routinely being placed in the upper ranks of key congressional committees.

Lynn Woolsey to announce retirement
California Rep. Lynn Woolsey will announce next week that she’s retiring from Congress at the end of her 10th term, creating an opening in a solidly Democratic district.

Richmond Council Divided over Proposed Congressional Redistricting
The Bay Citizen
By August, Richmond may have a new representative in Congress – and the city’s leaders are divided over whether that’s a step in the right direction.


Citrus to Reexamine District Boundaries
Glendora Patch
Every ten years, Citrus College goes through the process of reexamining its representative districts for the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, and Tuesday marks this decade’s occasion. The public is invited to come to provide input at the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the Louis E. Zellers building.