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Monday July 18, 2011


The Great White Punt

As the Redistricting Commission Process comes to a close, the referendum drumbeat is getting louder.  The leading drummers, Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro and consultant Tony Quinn are hitting the blogs and airwaves in hopes that kicking the ball to the courts would give them a better shot than the current commission.

And with seeming perfect timing Republican operative John Hrabe has penned a scathing indictment of Commission member Aguirre, claiming that he is a partisan operative with a history in Latino groups such as MEChA and LaRaza, and membership in a group trying to influence redistricting.  Reading this article it is unclear if Aguirre is the Chair of the Democratic Party or not, but it does shed some light on the new district lines that connect Yuba with Yucatan and Anaheim with Acapulco. 

However, before ditching the current lines, Republicans should take a good look at the revised plans.  An analysis by Redistricting Partners shows that the next set of lines may be a bit better for Republicans than the first drafts.  The “over-correction” on the voting rights act feared by Republican consultant Matt Rexroad seems to have appeared – boosting majority-minority districts to 29, nine more than the current plans and just two short of MALDEF’s.  Yet the result of all these changes has pulled back some gains from Democrats in the Assembly and Congress, creating ten more competitive seats.

The full data, including ethnic and partisan breakdown, along with maps of all the current visualizations, is available at the Redistricting Partners website.  To get updates follow us on Twitter @udrawthelines.

State

Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past
CalWatchDog.com
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process,  without the influence of special interests.

AM Alert: Redistricting commission maps California
The Sacramento Bee
With legislators on summer recess until Aug. 15, California's political junkies will be spending their time this week parsing the Citizens Redistricting Commission's every move.

MALDEF: The Common Line of Controversy
Big Government
The commission has drawn fire from the start and recently came under attack by the California Republican Party after it was revealed Friday by CalWatchDog.com that Commissioner Dr. Gabino Aguirre concealed political contributions and was found to have ties to radical political organizations with a Democrat partisan agenda, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), which is actively lobbying the commission.

As CA Redistricting Takes New Twists and Turns, L.A.'s Blacks Are Outraged
New America Media
California’s new process for redrawing political maps has taken a turn for the chaotic, with the Los Angeles area emerging as a key battleground as communities of color and others struggle to define the boundaries of political power for the next 10 years.

Capitol Alert: Huber: Run for Lungren's congressional seat is 'on my radar'
Sacramento Bee
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber is eyeing a possible challenge to incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Lungren in 2012."I have not made a decision to do that, but I am looking at how redistricting is shaping up," Huber said Thursday. "Once we actually know where all the lines are and all the districts, I'm going to explore all my options.”

Redistricting redux
Redland Daily Facts
The July 14 deadline for release of the second draft of California's redistricting maps has come and gone. While people will not have a chance to respond to a specific set of maps before the final draft is published on July 28, the suggestions still are pouring in.

Redistricting: What California can teach the nation
Daily Kos
Last week, I wrote about the importance of state legislatures. The point of view, however, was one of pure policy: now that the GOP has control of both legislative houses in over half of the states with bicameral legislatures, they have proceeded to enact alarming legislation that strips rights away from people they just don't like, especially women, certain local governments and public workers.

Redistricting and the 'communities of interest'
San Francisco Chronicle
Do you live in a "gayborhood"? Are you part of an Armenian sub-community or do you reside among black farmers and agriculturists?

Brandon: A redistricting nightmare
Lake County News
The new Congressional district boundaries being proposed by California's Redistricting Commission are turning into a nightmare for Lake County, as every change to the original draft proposal gets worse. To see for yourself, check out the user-friendly maps at http://swdb.berkeley.edu/gis/gis2011/

The region’s political landscape is changing
Pacific Coast Business Times
California’s redistricting commission is about ready to reveal its final plans for drawing congressional maps and two things are becoming crystal clear.

Scott Thomas Wilk: Redistricting: The SCV must remain vigilant
The-Signal.com
That is why I joined the majority of Californians in voting for Proposition 11 and Proposition 20. These propositions wrestled control of redistricting away from the state Legislature and established an independent commission to draw new boundaries for legislative districts.

They draw the lines
Recordnet.com
Things are looking up for San Joaquin County voters. The latest "visualizations" of congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts are more compact and, if they stand, it should mean that our representatives in Washington and Sacramento will come mostly from this county.

Local

With New Draft Lines Elk Grove City Council Members weigh options
Sacramento Bee
The Elk Grove City Council has adopted new district boundaries for its 2012 elections, clearing the way for the city's first direct election of its mayor and dissolving the seat held by Sophia Scherman at the end of next year.

LBUSD board to vote on redistricting
Press-Telegram
The Board of Education tonight, Monday, July 18, is expected to approve new maps that would slightly adjust the boundaries in Long Beach Unified's five districts.

Templeton residents challenge redistricting
The Tribune
While most residents have paid little attention to redistricting of county supervisory districts to date, the folks in Templeton and Atascadero have been fighting hard for their version of how they want their district drawn.

Drawing New Lines
Santa Barbara Independent
When it comes to county politics, Isla Vista has a hard time staying above the fray.

The Stockton-Lodi Board of Supervisors redistricting plan
MantecaBulletin.com
Out of touch pretty much describes the majority of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors when it comes to the South County. How else could you explain not just carving up one city but two?

Redistricting maps alter supervisorial districts
NapaValleyRegister.com
With legislative districts across the state being carved up according to recent census figures, Napa officials are set to embark on their own redistricting efforts.

Supervisors want more talk on redistricting
LompocRecord.com
Two North County members of the Board of Supervisors, angry over what one characterized as a political “slam dunk” by the board majority, will ask their colleagues on Aug. 2 to spend a little more time considering public pleas that Lompoc not be split as part of the Santa Barbara County redistricting process.

San Bernardino County hosts redistricting workshop
BigBearGrizzly.net
The third redistricting workshop hosted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is Wednesday, July 20, in county chambers. Following the census every 10 years, the supervisors review and redraw the boundaries if necessary. Each of the five supervisors is to have approximately the same number of residents in his or her district.

Pleasanton in One District: But It's Not Connected to Valley
The Independent
Pleasanton will be moved into County Supervisorial District 4, represented by Nate Miley, and west Dublin into District 1, represented by Scott Haggerty, where it joins the remainder of Dublin, after a decision by Alameda County Supervisors.

Merced County supervisors compare proposed election maps
Merced Sun-Star
Merced County leaders took another step this week in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries. Three more maps were presented to the Board of Supervisors during Tuesday's meeting, each providing variations from the original three drafts.

City continues look at new political lines
Hanford Sentinel
The Hanford City Council will hold a second public hearing Tuesday to evaluate plans to redraw the political boundaries for Hanford's five electoral districts.

 

 

The Great White Punt

While the Redistricting Process comes to a close, the referendum drumbeat is getting louder.  The leading drummers, Republican Party Chair Tom Del Beccaro and consultant Tony Quinn are hitting the blogs and airwaves in hopes that kicking the ball to the courts would give them a better shot than the current commission.

And with seeming perfect timing Republican operative John Hrabe has penned a
scathing indictment of Commission member Aguirre, claiming that he is a partisan operative with a history in Latino groups such as MEChA and LaRaza, and membership in a group trying to influence redistricting.  Reading this article it is unclear if Aguirre is the Chair of the Democratic Party or not, but it does shed some light on the new district lines that connect Yuba with Yucatan and Anaheim with Acapulco. 

However, before ditching the current lines, Republicans should take a good look at the revised plans.  An analysis by Redistricting Parterns shows that the next set of lines may be a bit better for Republicans than the first drafts.  The “over-correction” on the voting rights act feared by Republican consultant Matt Rexroad seems to have appeared – boosting majority-minority districts to 29, nine more than the current plans and just two short of MALDEF’s.  Yet the result of all these changes has pulled back some gains from Democrats in the Assembly and Congress, creating many more competitive seats.

The full data, including ethnic and partisan breakdown, along with maps of all the current visualizations, will be available at Redistricting Partners website later today.  To get updates follow us on Twitter @udrawthelines.

State

Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past
CalWatchDog.com
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process,  without the influence of special interests.

AM Alert: Redistricting commission maps California
The Sacramento Bee
With legislators on summer recess until Aug. 15, California's political junkies will be spending their time this week parsing the Citizens Redistricting Commission's every move.

MALDEF: The Common Line of Controversy
Big Government
The commission has drawn fire from the start and recently came under attack by the California Republican Party after it was revealed Friday by CalWatchDog.com that Commissioner Dr. Gabino Aguirre concealed political contributions and was found to have ties to radical political organizations with a Democrat partisan agenda, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), which is actively lobbying the commission.

As CA Redistricting Takes New Twists and Turns, L.A.'s Blacks Are Outraged
New America Media
California’s new process for redrawing political maps has taken a turn for the chaotic, with the Los Angeles area emerging as a key battleground as communities of color and others struggle to define the boundaries of political power for the next 10 years.

Capitol Alert: Huber: Run for Lungren's congressional seat is 'on my radar'
Sacramento Bee
Assemblywoman Alyson Huber is eyeing a possible challenge to incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Lungren in 2012."I have not made a decision to do that, but I am looking at how redistricting is shaping up," Huber said Thursday. "Once we actually know where all the lines are and all the districts, I'm going to explore all my options.”

Redistricting redux
Redland Daily Facts
The July 14 deadline for release of the second draft of California's redistricting maps has come and gone. While people will not have a chance to respond to a specific set of maps before the final draft is published on July 28, the suggestions still are pouring in.

Redistricting: What California can teach the nation
Daily Kos
Last week, I wrote about the importance of state legislatures. The point of view, however, was one of pure policy: now that the GOP has control of both legislative houses in over half of the states with bicameral legislatures, they have proceeded to enact alarming legislation that strips rights away from people they just don't like, especially women, certain local governments and public workers.

Redistricting and the 'communities of interest'
San Francisco Chronicle
Do you live in a "gayborhood"? Are you part of an Armenian sub-community or do you reside among black farmers and agriculturists?

Brandon: A redistricting nightmare
Lake County News
The new Congressional district boundaries being proposed by California's Redistricting Commission are turning into a nightmare for Lake County, as every change to the original draft proposal gets worse. To see for yourself, check out the user-friendly maps at http://swdb.berkeley.edu/gis/gis2011/

The region’s political landscape is changing
Pacific Coast Business Times
California’s redistricting commission is about ready to reveal its final plans for drawing congressional maps and two things are becoming crystal clear.

Scott Thomas Wilk: Redistricting: The SCV must remain vigilant
The-Signal.com
That is why I joined the majority of Californians in voting for Proposition 11 and Proposition 20. These propositions wrestled control of redistricting away from the state Legislature and established an independent commission to draw new boundaries for legislative districts.

They draw the lines
Recordnet.com
Things are looking up for San Joaquin County voters. The latest "visualizations" of congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts are more compact and, if they stand, it should mean that our representatives in Washington and Sacramento will come mostly from this county.

Local

With New Draft Lines Elk Grove City Council Members weigh options
Sacramento Bee
The Elk Grove City Council has adopted new district boundaries for its 2012 elections, clearing the way for the city's first direct election of its mayor and dissolving the seat held by Sophia Scherman at the end of next year.

LBUSD board to vote on redistricting
Press-Telegram
The Board of Education tonight, Monday, July 18, is expected to approve new maps that would slightly adjust the boundaries in Long Beach Unified's five districts.

Templeton residents challenge redistricting
The Tribune
While most residents have paid little attention to redistricting of county supervisory districts to date, the folks in Templeton and Atascadero have been fighting hard for their version of how they want their district drawn.

Drawing New Lines
Santa Barbara Independent
When it comes to county politics, Isla Vista has a hard time staying above the fray.

The Stockton-Lodi Board of Supervisors redistricting plan
MantecaBulletin.com
Out of touch pretty much describes the majority of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors when it comes to the South County. How else could you explain not just carving up one city but two?

Redistricting maps alter supervisorial districts
NapaValleyRegister.com
With legislative districts across the state being carved up according to recent census figures, Napa officials are set to embark on their own redistricting efforts.

Supervisors want more talk on redistricting
LompocRecord.com
Two North County members of the Board of Supervisors, angry over what one characterized as a political “slam dunk” by the board majority, will ask their colleagues on Aug. 2 to spend a little more time considering public pleas that Lompoc not be split as part of the Santa Barbara County redistricting process.

San Bernardino County hosts redistricting workshop
BigBearGrizzly.net
The third redistricting workshop hosted by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is Wednesday, July 20, in county chambers. Following the census every 10 years, the supervisors review and redraw the boundaries if necessary. Each of the five supervisors is to have approximately the same number of residents in his or her district.

Pleasanton in One District: But It's Not Connected to Valley
The Independent
Pleasanton will be moved into County Supervisorial District 4, represented by Nate Miley, and west Dublin into District 1, represented by Scott Haggerty, where it joins the remainder of Dublin, after a decision by Alameda County Supervisors.

Merced County supervisors compare proposed election maps
Merced Sun-Star
Merced County leaders took another step this week in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries. Three more maps were presented to the Board of Supervisors during Tuesday's meeting, each providing variations from the original three drafts.

City continues look at new political lines
Hanford Sentinel
The Hanford City Council will hold a second public hearing Tuesday to evaluate plans to redraw the political boundaries for Hanford's five electoral districts.