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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nothing to See Here…

Any good media professional will tell you – if you want to bury a story, release it on the Friday before a holiday weekend. 

Either by design or mistake, that’s exactly what the Redistricting Commission did.  They managed to release dozens of new “visualizations” over the weekend – most of which have been redrawn and can be viewed here with all the partisanship and incumbents.  

By holding hours of line-drawing hearings over the holiday weekend they avoided the spotlight from anyone with a family or a social life.  Not surprisingly, this screen misses 90% of the redistricting professional demographic, possibly accounting for how the Redistricting Partners maps managed to get over 2,700 visits for the weekend.

The State commission will return to work tomorrow and has daily hearings scheduled until the July 14th second draft release of maps.  These maps are expected to be much closer to the final draft, and could face some troubles getting votes that the first drafts avoided.  According to an interview with Commissioner Malloy, she believes that "the CRC largely approved the rough drafts because they were exactly that: rough. With the stakes higher, she thought it would be harder for all the commissioners to come to an agreement on all the maps.”

The next week should be fun to watch as the commission keeps one eye on creating the perfect second draft maps, and another eye on maintaining the necessary super-majority of votes, 9 of 14 and majorities of Dem, Rep and DTS, necessary to achieve approval.


Southwest Pasadena, Arroyo Seco top statewide LGBT population maps
Pasadena Star News
The Sacramento-based organization Equality California recently presented the maps - created by Redistricting Partners - to the California Citizens Redistricting Community at a public hearing in Sacramento.   

"Thank you for taking an otherwise invisible community and making them visible," Commissioner Cynthia Dai said after Redistricting Partners presented the maps on Tuesday.

Foothill, Asian influence districts out, Republicans in?
Two weeks after approving a first round of draft maps, the state's Citizen's Redistricting Commission offered a dramatically different - if still malleable - view of Los Angeles County congressional districts.

Visualizations released last Friday preserve a Latino district in the east San Gabriel Valley - but casualties include the proposed foothill district connecting cities from west to east along the San Gabriel mountains, and what would be the first Asian-American influence district, stretching from Temple City to Diamond Bar.

Redistricting adds to Republican leaders' debt-vote pressures
The Hill
Redistricting is expected to make a House vote on raising the debt ceiling even more difficult for GOP leaders. Several incumbents find themselves drawn into 2012 battles with sitting colleagues, with the debt-ceiling vote seen as a defining issue, particularly for some House Republicans.

West Oakland redistricting commissioner talks about challenges of mapping
Oakland Local
What goes into drawing a California congressional district map? Or a state senate district map? Does it just involve taking a pencil and dividing the state’s land in equal population proportions?

Calif. redistricting triggers debate on hot issues
San Francisco Chronicle
"It's important that we make sure the LGBT community is together as a community of interest," said Mario Guerrero, government affairs director for Equality California. It would make the community have a stronger voice to whoever represented it.

Smaller Cities Fight for Fair Shake in Redistricting
Voice of OC
Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche says it’s nothing personal, but she really wishes the state committee drawing new legislative and congressional boundaries would keep her town away from Irvine and Santa Ana. Lisa Bartlett, a member of the Dana Point city council, holds similar views of Long Beach

Redistricting maps draw ire from Napa County officials
Napa Valley Register
Early on in the state’s redistricting process, officials throughout Napa County had one big request of the fledgling commission  drawing the state’s new political boundaries: keep the county whole. Their message has fallen on deaf ears.


County seeks redistricting public input
The Daily Journal
Compared to the last redistricting effort a decade ago, the county is really reaching out to the public, according to one county supervisor who is again involved in the effort.Unfortunately, the public isn’t reaching back. “It’s a different climate,” said Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, referring to both politics and population.

Redistricting in Long Beach; How will it affect you?
Press Telegram
The council will vote today, Tuesday, July 5, on whether to approve 7th District Councilman James Johnson's proposal or modify it. His plan has stirred emotions because it would move much of Bixby Knolls from the 8th District to the 7th District, splitting the Atlantic Avenue business corridor.