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Friday, July 15, 2011


Easy Come, Easy Go. 

Over the past several months we have reported on many districts that ousted or nested incumbents - but none have been as striking as this. 

On Tuesday voters elected Janice Hahn to Congress in a district that took in San Pedro, Torrance, up to Manhattan Beach and into Marina Del Rey.  But then, within minutes of her victory speech, we saw the new congressional lines being "visualized" by the commission - and all were a disaster for the new Congresswoman.

The three sets of possible maps, which can be seen here, either put Hahn into a seat with Laura Richardson and Linda Sanchez or all the way up to Beverly Hills and Malibu where Henry Waxman fully expects to run for reelection. 

These maps also robbed the Asian community of a seat that had previously been drawn perfectly for Judy Chu - a district that would have been the most Asian congressional seat in the Continental US.  Now the bulk of the Judy Chu seat resides in a Latino Seat from El Monte to West Covina while her home is in a district that goes up to Pasadena and out the foothills to San Bernardino. 

And this is just the LA Congressional map!   Posted to our site, and being updated today, you can find all kinds of crazy new maps, paring of incumbents, and flipping partisanships being considered by the commission as they wrap up their process

And as the process comes to a close you can already hear the drumbeat of Referendum.  Leading the charge is Tony Quinn who debates Paul Mitchell about the subject in minute 16 of this radio interview.


Politics, in LA, DC and Sacramento – Redistricting with Quinn and Mitchell
Which Way LA , KCRW
The independent Citizens Redistricting Commission created by voters to draft new legislative and congressional districts released a set of new maps on June 10. But a second set, promised for tomorrow, has been withheld. Struggling to meet a final deadline of August 15, the fourteen commissioners are trying to reconcile the ethnic and racial requirements of federal law with state laws that say districts should be compact, reflect common interests and conform to the boundaries of cities and counties.

Redistricting's Final, Controversial, Push
As California's bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it's clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy.

Gay-Friendly Neighborhoods Grow in California, Says Redistricting Partners
Gay-friendly neighborhoods and enclaves have sprouted around California, possibly leading to redrawn political boundaries and districts, according to new research by Redistricting Partners, a consultant firm in Sacramento, CA.

Newly elected Janice Hahn may find trouble in new congressional maps
Los Angeles Times
Democratic consultant Paul Mitchell, who has been actively monitoring the redistricting process, says Hahn could be “in serious trouble." "She’s losing the seat that she just won,” Mitchell said.

State GOP chairman assails redistricting panel, threatens referendum
Ventura County Star
On the day when the Citizens Redistricting Commission had originally planned to put out a second draft of proposed political district maps, the panel Thursday found itself under sharp partisan attack from the state Republican Party, whose chairman asserted its process had been "overtaken by partisanship and incompetence."

Redistricting Panel Still an Improvement
Fox and Hounds Daily
If you want some chuckles, watch the various pundits reel in horror from the news that the state's new citizens' redistricting commission won't be releasing a second draft set of maps for California's legislative and congressional districts.

Strength in Numbers?
For the black political and leadership set in Southern California, the impending-doom event this summer will snarl a lot more than traffic and last a lot longer than a weekend. I'm talking about redistricting--redrawing the boundaries of electoral districts as dictated by the census every ten years. See TV news report here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/189151.html

New political districts likely to divide Fremont
The Oakland Tribune
The commission redrawing state political boundaries appears poised to split Fremont into two Assembly and congressional districts despite fierce opposition from city political leaders.

Redistricting map adds Hawaiian Gardens, keeps Long Beach intact
Contra Costa Times
Hello Hawaiian Gardens, goodbye south Lakewood. At Thursday's meeting of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, members approved a mapping option that kept Lakewood largely intact in a U.S. congressional district with Bellflower and Downey, and added Hawaiian Gardens to the Long Beach district.

Redistricting commission proposals: LaMalfa, Nielsen would be forced to more southerly area
A statewide redistricting committee has released maps that, if approved, could bump two longtime Republican politicians out of Shasta and Siskiyou counties.

Topanga Responds to Redistricting Maps
Messenger Online
On June 10, the Commission voted unanimously to the first round of draft maps for California. As drawn, the maps now split the Santa Monica Mountains communities north/south into three congressional districts and pushes the senate district north to the Santa Clarita Valley.

Redistricting Commission moving forward without second draft
Contra Costa Times
For voters and politicians alike, the search for clarity from the latest drafts of the state's redistricting maps will have to wait.


Several Riled as Board Supports Status Quo Redistricting Map
Santa Ynez Valley Journal
As the first hearing for the decennial redistricting process came to a close Tuesday, a woman shouted “What a sham” and stormed out of the Board of Supervisors hearing room.

Supervisors discuss county district changes
Siskiyou Daily
Many Siskiyou County residents weighed in on the proposed redistricting of the state congressional and senate seats, but now the county clerk is hoping they’ll weigh in on some local redistricting.

Marina wants to keep MPC district boundaries
The Herald
Demographer Jeanne Gobalet hoped her suggestion to redraw the trustee boundaries of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District would be easily accepted. But the redistricting process is not that simple.

Salinas considers shifting district lines
The Herald
A proposal to split up the only Salinas City Council district populated mostly by non-Latinos received a cool reception this week, underscoring the challenge of redrawing district lines to bolster Latino voting advantages in a city made up of largely segregated neighborhoods.

Cal leaders push to put student on Berkeley City Council
In the 15 years since Berkeley adopted City Council districts, no student has been elected to the post even though they make up a quarter of the population. Now a coalition of UC Berkeley student leaders is aiming to change that.

Stanislaus redistricting options unveiled
The Modesto Bee
Two options for redrawing Stanislaus County's Board of Supervisors district boundaries were unveiled Thursday. To rebalance the population in each district, a citizens advisory committee proposed various ways to slice up Modesto, Ceres and rural neighborhoods.

Redistricting: residents see chance to connect communities, straighten lines
Contra Costa Times
While there were some conflicting ideas suggested at a redistricting meeting in Eureka on Wednesday night, there was one thing everyone agreed on -- the final lines won't please everyone.

Opinion: Redistricting Commission Risks Lawsuits
Voice of San Diego
At the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission's meeting last Saturday, Commissioner David Potter made two comments that have drawn the ire of many members of the public who have been engaged in the redistricting process.

Redistricting maps up for vote today
The Willits News
The county redistricting committee is expected to decide today which map or maps of proposed new supervisorial districts it will present to the board of supervisors on Tuesday, July 26.

Crowd wants Barber Yard kept in Wahl's district
Chico Enterprise Record
The Barber Yard neighborhood of southwestern Chico should not be moved into a supervisorial district that stretches all the way to Gridley, according to the majority of people at a Monday night forum on redistricting.

Monkey wrench thrown into redistricting plans
Hanford Sentinel
Kings County supervisors seemed to be sailing along in their plan to create new districts — until Tuesday’s public hearing shook things up.