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Monday, July 11, 2011


Michelangelo never had a Second Draft!

This weekend the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission shocked the eleven people watching the live hearing when they voted to eliminate the second draft.  Listening to the comments this was either because they were unable to get the maps done in time, unable to get maps that would garner the votes necessary, or uninterested in another round of commission-bashing that would ensue from a public release of second draft maps.

Either way, the news will likely be unsettling to the elected officials and candidates who were hoping for a bit of clarification by Thursday.  Were they to plan on a 2012 or 2014 race?  Is Congress an opportunity?  Will they be moving?  The second draft was supposed to help answer these questions, but that’s now out the window.

If folks want clarity now they can view the over 200 visualizations on the Redistricting Partners website, with Second and Third round versions now posted for Assembly, Senate and Congress.  They could also listen to every word of the coming commission hearings to get a sense of where the commission is heading, or they can just go rub Jared Huffman’s belly and pray for a great map release on June 28th.

And let’s hope the commission gets things moving and nobody tells them the old Willie Brown “stop the clock” trick.


Excluding The Public: The Redistricting Commission Goes Dark
Fox and Hounds Daily
Running out of time, beset by rebellious consultants, and manipulated by partisans, the Citizens Redistricting Commission has decided to exclude citizens from the process. The Commission is going dark.

Redistricting commission cancels next round of draft maps
Los Angeles Times
The commission was scheduled to release its second set of draft maps this coming Thursday but decided during its Saturday meeting to skip that step "in order to produce the best district maps possible."

COMMENTARY: Redistricting-Right or wrong?
Pleasanton Weekly
Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners, a Democrat, former legislative staffer and now a consultant focusing on legislative races and independent expenditures, points out that the way to bury a story is to give it to the media before a holiday weekend.

Changes afoot for Auburn as political boundaries being redrawn
Auburn Journal
For Auburn, the biggest proposed changes could result in a shift into new Assembly and state Senate districts. Those changes would position the city at the north end of multi-county districts in the Sierra foothills but outside the boundaries of the Republican strongholds of Rocklin and Roseville.

Redistricting may split SF down the middle, add Marin to Pelosi's district
San Francisco Examiner
For 24 years, Nancy Pelosi has represented San Francisco. Now, she may also represent Marin County. In a break from its policy to keep geographic areas in a single district, the California Redistricting Commission is considering a plan to split San Francisco down its hilly middle into two congressional districts.

Redistricting Changes Surf and Turf
Hometown Station
On the eve of Independence Day, the City of Santa Clarita viewed revised redistricting maps from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission that gave the city independence from Malibu -- at least in terms of the California State Senate District 17.

As We See It: Redistricting commission should reconsider SC split
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Anyone who thought redistricting would be simplified under new guidelines and become inherently fair probably was living in a cocoon. Despite the efforts of a voter-mandated new "non-political" panel, guess what? The process is turning out to be ... um, quite political indeed.

From the Twitterverse

@ OrovilleMR: Informational meeting tonight in Chico on county's redistricting plan

@ MillerMcCune: Civics 101: Website Demystifies #Redistricting for Each #State #politics

@ sdlocalnews: KQED Capital Notes: No 2nd Draft of CA Redistricting Maps... -

@FunSizeJCP: Uh #amateurhour at @WeDrawTheLines? #CA11 RT @LATPoliticsCA %u25B6 Redistricting commission cancels next round of draft maps

@JohnGile: RT @eqca: RT @udrawthelines: Our @eqca data is currently running in background of all maps the Redistricting commission is looking at #wedrawthelines


2 redistricting proposals kick a council member out of office
The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento City Council appointed an advisory committee earlier this year to help it maneuver through the volatile process of drawing new council district boundaries. The committee included some of the council's most trusted allies: an influential union boss, the city's former fire chief and others who run in politically connected circles.

Humboldt County redistricting hearings start Tuesday
Contra Costa Times
Humboldt County's local redistricting committee starts its public hearings Tuesday, kicking off discussion of supervisorial boundary changes at the Agricultural Center in Eureka. The committee -- which would consist of Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich, Sheriff Mike Downey, District Attorney Paul Gallegos and Assessor Mari Wilson -- will gather public input on district lines through a series of public hearings and community workshops.

Long Beach council avoids Bixby Knolls redistricting split
Instead of moving neighborhoods east of Atlantic Avenue from the 8th District to the 7th District, as had been proposed by 7th District Councilman James Johnson in a controversial plan, the council voted 7-2 to shift part of the Los Cerritos and Chateau Thierry neighborhoods south of Bixby Road to the 7th District. Eighth District Councilwoman Rae Gabelich was joined by 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske in opposing the revised proposal, which Johnson had suggested as a compromise.

Ed Lee names 3 to supervisor redistricting panel
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Friday named three people to the panel that will redraw the boundaries for San Francisco's 11 supervisors' districts, laying the groundwork for the city's political future for the next decade.

Alameda County supervisors to approve county redistricting
Oakland Tribune
Redrawing the districts is necessary because of county population changes recorded in the 2010 census. Significant population gains in areas such as Dublin, Fremont, Livermore, Pleasanton and Castro Valley have resulted in an imbalance in population totals among the county's five districts.

Public redistricting maps diverse, unique
Ed Skytt’s recipe for reshaping Santa Barbara County’s five supervisor districts is simple: Give Vandenberg Air Force Base to the 4th District and avoid putting vastly different areas like Cuyama and Montecito under one roof.