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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

Last night at midnight the commission officially sealed the black box… Kinda.  Testimony and input on the second draft maps is now closed, but there will surely be some avenue for input to the final drafts.  But for now, the commission’s message is clear: “stop your yammering and let us work!”

The final input meeting did see some heated testimony over what Assembly district was going to get stuck with Davis.  The official Davis position was that they prefer to be in a district with communities that don’t have the political strength necessary to elect someone of their own.  But in the midst of all the testimony, nobody bothered to go online and see that the new “visualizations” from the staff that actually took Davis out and returned it to the Woodland to Fairfield seat.  Those are now viewable here along with Friday's visualizations of LA Congressional districts intended to comport with the Voting Rights Act.

Yesterday also brought us a new chapter in sniping political consultants.  Sniper Emeritus Steve Maviglio takes on Shawn Steele, Crumudgeon Emeritus Tony Quinn takes on the whole commission, and “credentialed elite” Paul Mitchell gets into a spat with Davis Salaverry of CCAG, which we believe stands for Caucasian Californians against Alphabet Groups.

And finally, a correction.  Last week I stated that Assemblyman Jarred Huffman was the luckiest man in redistricting, had a magic Buddha belly that imparted good redistricting fortune, and that the departure of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey gave him an open seat free of any other legitimate contenders... seriously, nobody with a political heartbeat standing in his way.  I stand corrected – “Jarred” actually is spelled with one “r.”   Sorry for the mistake Jared.


Giving credit where credit is not due
Paul Mitchell in the Flash Report
A recent story in California Progress Report lit up Berkeley Tea Party activist David Salaverry for his right-wing stranglehold on the commission process.  The article suggests that his last minute dogging of the commission and attacks on the “alphabet groups” like NAACP, NALEO and MALDEF, had reshaped the redistricting maps and given advantage to conservatives.   For those of us who have been following the state redistricting process since its inception, this is laughably wrong.

Salaverry Replies
The idea that the Tea Party or CCAG, the group I founded has a stranglehold on the commission is indeed laughable.  I’m the uninvited guest to what was supposed to be an A-list party of insiders.  Paul Mitchell was invited by virtue of expertise.  MALDEF, NAACP, CAPAFR, NALEO, etc. were invited as the litigious bullies that had better be accomodated. Citizens were noticeably absent from the citizens redistricting process from the start.

Redistricting Commission should reject latest GOP ploy to affect maps
Steve Maviglio in the California Progress Report
Former California GOP Chair Shawn Steele is over on the Flash Report threatening the Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw more Republican districts or, he says, conservatives will gather signatures to force a referendum on the commission's maps.

Calif. Redistricting could imperil GOP House seats
Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters have handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to an independent citizens' commission.

Redistricting: Gay Population spreads out, assimilates
Capitol Weekly
On Tuesday night, the Commission heard a report from Equality California, a gay-rights group that claims 700,000 members. According to “Statewide LGBT Community of Interest Database and Maps” prepared by the Sacramento firm Redistricting Partners

“The LGBT communities in California are a community of interest using the community of interest standard,” writes Equality California interim executive director Jim Carroll in an introduction to the report. He goes on to argue that “LGBT communities should remain intact.”

The Commission's First Draft Maps: Doing worse than the Legislature did
Tony Quinn for Fox and Hounds
The results are in and the first draft maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on June 10 have bombed.  Over the past two weeks, Commission members have had to sit through hours of testimony on the maps while more than 1,000 of their fellow citizens told them what a lousy job they did.

Citizens Redistricting Commission hears Napa County “loud and clear”
Napa Valley Register
If there was any question about how Napa County felt about being split into multiple legislative districts during the state’s ongoing drafting process, Monday evening’s show of force was sure to have provided the answer.

Simi Valley and Moorpark Ask for Reconsideration of Redistricting Plan
Red County
Simi Valley and Moorpark are in Ventura County. Their residents subscribe to the Ventura County Star. High school football teams play the other cities in Ventura County.

Good news for David Dreier from redistricting panel? Perhaps
Sacramento Bee
The San Dimas Republican was penciled into a new congressional district dominated by Democrats under the first draft maps by the state's redistricting commission, but he had reason for hope under a new concept unveiled Friday.

Woolsey: Redistricting had no impact
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Former Rep. Barbara Boxer, redistricting and the late Judge Joseph Rattigan of Santa Rosa figured in Lynn Woolsey's first bid for Congress in 1992.

Temecula: City Council could object to redistricting plan
Riverside Press Enterprise
Temecula City Council members are considering formally objecting to a state panel's plan to split the city between two congressional districts.

Can redistricting reduce Republican reign?
Red Bluff Daily News
For the past 24 years, Republican Congressman Wally Herger has supposedly represented the Northern California 2nd congressional district that includes depressed mountain and farm-worker communities, fertile ranchlands and rice fields, and liberal-leaning Chico.

Humbolt County to take a stand on state district lines
Eureka Times-Standard
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will gather public input Tuesday in hopes of sending forward a letter discouraging the proposed redistricting lines for Humboldt County's current districts.

Simi, Moorpark formally oppose congressional redistricting plan
Ventura County Star
The cities of Simi Valley and Moorpark on Monday formally urged the California Citizens Redistricting Commission to rethink its proposal to place them in a congressional district that includes parts of Los Angeles County.

Don’t mix Valley, coast in legislative districts
Merced Sun-Star
In 2005, the Modesto-based Great Valley Center asked the San Joaquin Valley congressional delegation to direct the Congressional Research Service to conduct a formal study of the economic and social indicators of the region. 

Redistricting Commission considers splitting Long Beach into three Congressional Districts
Just weeks after unveiling a draft map showing Long Beach reunited into a single Congressional district, the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission's website quietly placed on line a June 24 Commission meeting handout of "visualization maps" for Los Angeles County that show Long Beach split between three Congressional districts.

Redistricting would split city
South San Francisco Patch
Mayor Kevin Mullin called on the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Monday to not split South San Francisco between two state Senate districts and two Assembly districts as proposed by the commission’s draft legislative maps.


Redistricting Long Beach’s Council Districts Is Not Needed
Long Beach Post
In March the City Council of Long Beach voted to redraw district boundaries to smooth out population differences between council districts.

Supervisors get earful on redistricting proposals
Riverside County residents voiced opposition today to proposed changes to supervisorial district boundaries based on the last census, focusing their criticism on a plan to remove several neighborhoods from one supervisor's longtime domain.

New county boundaries unlikely to shake up supervisors
San Diego Union Tribune
Proposals to redraw the county’s political boundaries — a process that has long been fraught with power plays and legal challenges — would require supervisors to represent unfamiliar areas.

Supervisors to consider redistricting maps July 5
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
The Board of Supervisors will review five proposals for new supervisorial districts July 5. Two meetings will be held, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Board Chambers located at 1115 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield.

Latino-African American coalition creates county redistricting map
An African American-Latino coalition plans to present a map to San Diego County Supervisors Tuesday, redrawing the lines around their South Bay district.

Supervisors schedule final public reviews of redrawn district maps
Vacaville Reporter
The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will hear public comments on a proposed revamping of supervisorial districts in light of new Census figures

Public comment on county redistricting proposal
Palm Springs Desert Sun
Riverside County residents will get their chance today to tell the Board of Supervisors what they think of proposed changes to supervisors' district boundaries.

Supervisors to hold hearing on redistricting proposals
North County Times
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set to hold a 9 a.m. public hearing on county redistricting at the County Administration Center, Room 310, 1600 Pacific Highway, in downtown San Diego.