Monday, August 1, 2011
The Post-Mortem Pre-Adoption
The lines are not final, but we are now all treating them as such. The drafters of Prop 11 and 20 created this 14 day cooling-off period for the public to see, review, and respond to the new lines – but in their infinite wisdom they didn’t allow for anyone to actually change anything. With the sense of finality, and an expectation that none of the plans will lose support of commissioners, the media and politicos are treating these new lines as the real deal. Below are dozens of stories reviewing the new lines and giving a first glimpse at the winners and losers in the process.
In this vein, Redistricting Partners is doing analysis of each region and looking in-depth at the new plans for clients. For more info email email@example.com. Trade associations who need to integrate their memberships with the new district lines should expect an announcement soon from a bi-partisan team of Redistricting Partners and Matt Rexroad of Meridian Pacific. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a geekfest without Scott Lay launching a new interactive tool for reviewing the districts and tracking candidates. It’s Wikipedia meets Facebook meets The Target Book meets redistricting... and you can see the initial shell of the design at http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/districts.
Of course, if you’re still hungry for the fight, local redistricting is still racing along, with Sacramento Councilmembers providing a master class in old-school backroom redistricting. Sacramento took the unique path of creating a commission in the image of the State reform, but then taking that final workproduct and ditching it for a couple proposals of their own. Rather than quietly handling the matter, there was a great display of Khrushchev-style shoe-banging and 'speechifying'. It’s like the city wanted to say “LOOK HERE – We’re drawing lines to benefit ourselves!” Probably not a wise strategy in this Redistricting Reform 2.0 era where the public presumes the state commission model is used everywhere and transparency is king.
Highlights of new California political districts
Rise of the Right
While it’s unclear whether Democrats can reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass tax increases in the state Assembly, the new maps provide an opportunity for the state’s majority party to reach two-thirds in the state Senate. Democrats also could make two or three congressional seat gains by carving into territory currently held by GOP members, said Democratic redistricting consultant Paul Mitchell. Others suggest as many as five GOP congressional seats could be in jeopardy.
New Map Sets Off California Scramble
Although the plan still awaits final adoption and there are likely legal challenges that could complicate the process, state legislators and other elected officials have already announced Congressional bids and Members are already staking out their turf. According to a newsletter from Democratic redistricting expert Paul Mitchell, who breaks down the data on his Redistricting Partners website, “A preliminary look at the data ... will show some fun potential pairings and political drama.”
New Calif. political maps to favor Democrats
The Sacramento Bee
Redistricting experts said the new maps are likely to reduce the influence of Republicans even further. Democrats are hoping the redrawn districts will allow them to achieve the two-thirds majority needed in the Legislature to pass tax increases, while the number of Republicans California sends to Congress - now 19 - could be reduced. Democratic consultant Paul Mitchell said Democrats will now have a shot at controlling two-thirds of the state Senate and gaining a couple more seats in Congress, but the maps offered the majority party no advantage in the Assembly.
New California map leaves GOP on defense, if slightly less so
The Washington Post
According to a Fix review of data provided by Paul Mitchell of Democratic-leaning Redistricting Partners and Matt Rexroad of GOP-leaning Meridian Pacific, Inc., the new map includes 32 Democratic districts, two districts that lean Democratic, three swing districts, five districts that lean Republican and 11 Republican districts. Currently, the state’s delegation includes 34 Democrats and 19 Republicans, meaning the GOP would likely be playing more defense than the Democrats under the new map.
Redistricting: The Line Dancing Ends
You've got a few different options for viewing the maps. The commission's own web-based map system allows you to see your own state and congressional district by typing in an address; it also uses Google's satellite maps to allow you to zoom in to see how the lines cross streets, bridges, and beaches. For political junkies, there are two very good sites that offer partisan, ethnic, and incumbent information: the Democratic consulting firm of Redistricting Partners and the GOP firm Meridian Pacific. These are the guys most reporters have turned to for help in understanding the political implications, given that the commission did not use incumbent and political party information.
Prospect for gains and losses
Los Angeles Times
Some stand to benefit from the new district boundaries. Others may lose clout. The new districts alter the legislative landscape. Draft maps provoked objections that led to modifications.
Remap Aids Democrats in California
The New York Times
By all accounts, the new maps will increase the Democrats’ domination of politics in a state where they already hold all statewide offices. The new maps include more districts where minority groups are in the majority than did the commission’s first drafts, released in June. Latinos and other racial and ethnic minority groups said those maps violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act because they did not include enough districts in which minorities were the majority.
New districts to shift Calif. political landscape
The Modesto Bee
When California voters took a gamble on a new plan to draw the state's political maps, they were promised competitive electoral districts without the backroom deal-making from politicians trying to protect their own interests. It's yet to be seen whether the districts the California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved Friday will be any more competitive over the long run than the current ones, but the new maps immediately created opportunities for would-be candidates and challenges for incumbents. They also upset the state Republican Party.
Panel OKs remap; fight likely
The Sacramento Bee
New California legislative and congressional districts were tentatively approved Friday by an independent state commission that already is bracing for a legal fight. The panel's action ended months of public hearings and debate in California's first-ever attempt at having citizens, rather than the Legislature, draw district boundaries. Final action will be taken Aug. 15.
Redistricting commission’s credibility hurt by lack of transparency
Los Angeles Wave
The intent of California voters was to take the politics out of line-drawing and promote an open and fair public process. Unfortunately, when it comes to transparency, this commission has utterly failed. Initial draft maps were released in June for public review and comment. The commission was scheduled to release its second set of draft maps on July 14 but reneged on that step a mere 5 days before the scheduled release date. The commission claimed the cancellation was intended to produce better maps. Let’s hope that’s the case because some of their recent maps have been mystifying and have badly divided communities of interest.
GOP crying foul over California redistricting
Daily News Los Angeles
It's unlikely the final maps will deviate from the ones released Friday, the commissioners said at a news conference. That news disappointed Republicans, who said the redrawn maps hurt their party. "We are doing an analysis through the weekend to find out what the greater risk is," said Tom Del Deccaro, chairman of the California Republican Party, speaking by phone from Sacramento. "We are concerned that this appears to be a tilt towards Democrats."
California Redistricting: Commission votes yes on the maps
In the end, 3 of the 5 Republicans voted 'yes' (along with across-the-boards yes votes from everyone else), so it cleared the bar. Today's vote was for "tentative approval," and "final action" won't be until Aug. 15, so it's theoretically possible that more changes could be in the offing. However, all parties are making it sound like this is more or less a done deal, with the only major challenge remaining in the form of possible Republican litigation and/or initiative efforts to undo the entire commission (which, of course, was created by the initiative process, with many Republicans supporting it at the time).
Redistricting Committee Releases Preliminary Final Maps
West Hollywood Patch
"When California voters created the Citizens Redistricting Commission, their hope was that an independent panel could and would draw fair district lines in a transparent process and end the partisan gerrymandering of the past. We as a commission are here to tell you that day is here," said commission chairwoman Connie Galambos Malloy during a press conference. Malloy said the commission tried to engage with the public and held 34 hearings and received more than 20,000 written comments. "It was no secret as to how the commission drew the lines," Malloy said. "It was a completely open and transparent process."
California redistricting plan finalized
The map is not yet complete. The commission has two weeks to hear public comments before conducting a final vote. If at least six of the members reject the plan, the line-drawing will be handed off to the California Supreme Court. The latest version of the map has been altered from the June draft, reconfiguring several of the Southern California districts to address concerns from the Latino community, whose leaders argued that the initial plan did not sufficiently reflect the state’s explosion in Hispanic population.
Panel's final redistricting maps drawn
Los Angeles Times
The new maps, which are intended to govern elections for most of the next decade, would force several entrenched partisan legislators — those who have been deep blue or deep red — to face more moderate political districts. Some lawmakers, who had been in safe districts where reelection was all but guaranteed for party hard-liners, now find themselves facing a more mixed electorate in districts that are more "purple" than red or blue.
CA Redistricting: Can Democrats finally get to 2/3rds?
Democrats in California have long coveted a 2/3rds majority in the state legislature. California has a fairly unusual system where a 2/3rds majority vote is required to raise taxes or fees (until recently, a 2/3rds majority was even required to simply pass a budget, but thankfully voters did away with that idiotic rule in 2010). Under the current gerrymandered map, capturing 2/3rds of the seats in the legislature was almost impossible, meaning that the Republicans could effectively block any tax increases, making dealing with the budget a major headache. But with the new maps released by California's nonpartisan redistricting commission, it looks like Democrats finally have a chance of picking up their 2/3rds majority.
Updated: California Redistricting Moves Forward
Hermosa Beach Patch
Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach and the northern part of the district that included Marina del Rey and Venice have been drawn into a largely coastal district that includes Santa Monica, Malibu and Beverly Hills. The middle portion of the district, including Torrance and Lomita, has now been linked with Inglewood. The southern harbor communities of San Pedro and Wilmington have been included in a new Watts-San Pedro district.
Redrawn maps pit Democrat against Democrat
Southern California Public Radio
The maps put a number of incumbents into the same districts. In some cases, the incumbents are from the same party. They’ll have to decide whether to fight it out in a primary election, move to another district – or retire. One of the mashed up districts is the 36th — the one Janice Hahn just won in a special election. Laura Richardson has represented the 37th Congressional district for the past four years. But redistricting puts part of her district in Republican territory, behind the Orange curtain.
Redistricting Commission approves final draft maps, waits for litigation
A handful of special interest groups, including the California Friends of the African American Caucus, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Redistricting have objected to the lines and threatened to sue. During a marathon public session last weekend the commission voted to retain a pair of major San Francisco law firms – Morrison Foerster and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Commission Chairman Gabino Aguirre, a registered Democrat and Santa Paula city councilman, defended the decision, which the state has backed by setting aside $1.5 million for litigation costs.
Where Altadena Voters Will Be in Final State Redistricting Maps
That means that the maps that have been released (which can be viewed at right or on an interactive map here) will most likely be the next state districts. In Altadena's case, the maps released Friday also differ greatly from the original release of proposed districts on June 10. They also will be a clear change from the current existing electoral boundaries.
Final plan to reshape North Coast political lines issued
The Press Democrat
The North Coast’s two congressional districts were dramatically altered in maps approved Friday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, putting Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Cotati in an inland district that includes Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson’s hometown of St. Helena. Most of the rest of Sonoma County is in a coastal district stretching from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, obliterating the compact Sonoma-Marin district held by retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma.
Final Redistricting Drafts Divides Glendora
The newly approved final draft puts the northern portion of Glendora above the 210 Freeway in the 27th Congressional District with parts of Claremont, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead, Alhambra, as well as the vast San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness area. The city below the 210 Freeway sits in the 32nd Congressional District along with San Dimas, Covina, Azusa, La Puente, Baldwin Park, El Monte, West Covina, Duarte and Monrovia.
Redistricting panel paints new political landscape
North County Times
The political landscape of North San Diego and Southwest Riverside counties was dramatically altered under new districts approved Friday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. If the congressional, state legislative and Board of Equalization districts survive court challenges, the two counties could see a new cadre of elected officials within the next couple of years.
Preliminary maps show major South Bay redistricting changes
Preliminary redistricting maps approved Friday set up a potential showdown between two local Democratic congresswomen and create a coastal South Bay House district that is home to veteran Rep. Henry Waxman. If the maps stand, they would yank the coastal South Bay from newly elected Rep. Janice Hahn and place her in a district that stretches from San Pedro to Watts. Hahn said Friday she favors running in the inland district over the coastal one.
Congressional Redistricting: Newark Separates From Union City
Congressman Pete Stark’s district is shifting east and leaving Newark, according to a new congressional district map proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Friday. The commission is drawing up new districts for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly and the state Board of Equalization.
Redistricting maps shrink O.C.'s Sacramento delegation
Orange County Register News
Orange County’s delegation to Sacramento would shrink by two Assembly members under the final maps released today by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. The impact of that reduction may be negligible, however, because the districts of a few of our current Assembly members include significant acreage outside of the county.
Final draft of redistricting maps released
Redrawn political maps released Friday radically change the boundaries of districts for state and federal offices and mean there could be many new faces in Sacramento and Washington representing San Joaquin County after the 2012 elections. For the state, the maps were a historic event, the first maps produced by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission since it was created by voters in 2008. The commission votes on the final draft of the maps Aug. 15, though possible challenges could mean the state Supreme Court could take over.
Redistricting Committee Releases Preliminary Final Maps
Pacific Palisades Patch
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released new maps altering the boundaries for state Assembly, state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives districts that will change the makeup of some Westside constituencies. For example, newly-elected Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), whose 36th Congressional District stretches from Venice to San Pedro, saw her jurisdiction cleaved apart. Hahn said in a statement that 10 days ago she took the oath joining Congress to serve citizens of the 36th District.
Jeff Gorell's district redrawn during deployment to Afghanistan
The Sacramento Bee
When Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell returns home next spring from a yearlong military deployment to Afghanistan, he'll find that his district has been redrawn to contain more Democrats than Republicans. Maps tentatively approved by the state's redistricting commission show Gorell in a Ventura County district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by two percentage points. A final vote is scheduled Aug 15.
Redistricting: Milpitas Splits from South Bay Cities
Rep. Mike Honda and Rep. Zoe Lofgren would be drawn into the same district, according to KQED's Sacramento bureau chief John Myers. Under the new redistricting boundaries, the congressional district representing Milpitas, Alviso and Santa Clara, breaks away from its South Bay neighbors Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos–but joins with the eastern portion of San Jose. It also crosses into Alameda County and includes all of Newark and a majority of Fremont.
Redistricting commissars evade tough Q&A
At the podium, Ward declined to explain his vote, but in a short interview with CalWatchdog afterwards said that he had explained his concerns at the appropriate time earlier in the day and was not sure about the legal ramifications of his sharing his concerns. According to published reports, Ward said “I’m sad to find myself compelled to vote no. In my opinion, the commission failed to fulfill its mandate to strictly apply constitutional criteria and consistently applied race and ‘community of interest’ criteria and sought to diminish dissenting viewpoints.”
Disgruntled Californians can challenge new districts in court, or at ballot box
Southern California Public Radio
The citizens commission that drew new political districts in California approved its first set of maps last Friday. The commissioners will ratify the new congressional and state legislative districts on August 15. Voters or political parties that don’t like the new political boundaries now have to take their challenge to court or the ballot box.
Loretta Sanchez's seat appears safe under new map
Los Angeles Times
Statewide, the work of the Citizens Redistricting Commission has sent politicians into a flurry. Some find themselves in the same district as a colleague and many others face the difficult prospect of running in unfamiliar turf. But this isn't the case in central Orange County. According to congressional district maps released Friday, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez can rest relatively easy.
Senate Redistricting Divides City, Assembly, Congressional Districts Intact
Simi Valley Center Town Social Network and Directory
The last drafts of redistricting maps have been submitted to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission for a final vote and not everybody is happy. The ‘preliminary final’ maps for State Assembly and Congressional districts leave most of Santa Clarita intact, but the proposed State Senate map divides parts of Valencia and Newhall into another district and creating a situation where City Hall and the local hospital – in reality only several blocks apart – will have different Senators speaking for them in Sacramento. The maps presented must be certified by the Commission and presented to the Secretary of State by August 15. The new district lines will impact the 2012 through 2020 election cycles.
Arcadia's Place in the Latest State Redistricting Maps
A state redistricting commission approved its final maps for congressional and state legislative electoral districts Friday, making it likely that they will become the voting districts until the next redistricting process in 10 years. The final meeting of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on August 15, according to the commission's spokesman Rob Wilcox. At that point, the commission will either vote to finalize the maps, or reject them- there will be no further revisions before that deadline, Wilcox said (for more on the commission and its process read here).
Redistricting gives Latinos in East Valley a new opportunity
Los Angeles Times
Like much of the east San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys is home to an increasing number of Latinos. And yet voters in the region have never sent a Latino representative to Congress, in part because the area is split into two congressional districts. But change is afoot. Maps approved Friday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission show a new district with a strong Latino majority that stretches from North Hollywood to Sylmar.
Redistricting Commission approves final draft maps
Cal Coast News
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved the final drafts of the state’s controversial new district maps today, setting off what many expect to be a flurry of lawsuits over the next two weeks. [CaliforniaWatch] The commission now has until Aug. 15 to formally certify the maps and present them to the secretary of state. If the maps are not adopted by then, they will be sent to the state Supreme Court, California Watch said.
Who won and who lost in California legislative redistricting?
The honest answer is "It depends." Potentially, the big winners are Hispanic candidates. Let's take a look at how Hispanic voters made out in the new district maps. In the new Assembly districts, Hispanics make up 40% or more of the population in 28 of the 80 seats. Hispanics make up 30% or more of the population in 41 seats. Hispanics make up 20% or more of the population in 65 seats and 10% or more of the population in 79 seats. In only one seat do Hispanics account for fewer than 10% of the population.
Where Calabasas Voters Will Be in Final State Redistricting Map
Some of the requests by City Council members for Calabasas’ new legislative districts have been honored, but in other cases they have been ignored. The preliminary final maps for California's new legislative districts, which were released Friday, group Calabasas with some of its common-interest cities and neighborhoods, but not in all cases.
Redistricting maps approved, favor Democrats
Orange County Register
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission this morning approved the final maps for new congressional and state legislative seats – and the new districts favor Democrats – according to reports from the Associated Press and the Mercury News. A public review period follows, with formal adoption scheduled for Aug. 15. “Redistricting experts said the new maps are likely to reduce the influence of Republicans even further,” AP reports. “Democrats are hoping the redrawn districts will allow them to achieve the two-thirds majority needed in the Legislature to pass tax increases, while the number of Republicans California sends to Congress – now 19 – could be reduced by as many as five.”
Latest CA Redistricting Maps Satisfy Most Minorities—But Not Latinos
New America Media
Now that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries for the state, civil rights groups are weighing what impact the maps will have on communities of color. On Friday, the commission voted 13-1 to approve final maps for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization and 12-2 for the congressional maps. How well the redrawn electoral districts serve communities of color depends on the ethnic group in question.
Redistricting Committee Releases Preliminary Final Maps
For example, newly elected Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), whose 36th Congressional District includes Mar Vista and stretches from Venice to San Pedro, saw her jurisdiction cleaved apart. Hahn said in a statement that 10 days ago she took the oath joining Congress to serve citizens of the 36th District. "Today, that district was taken away from me and split into three very different districts," she said.
New district map shakes up California
Several incumbent lawmakers face uncertain futures and potential match-ups against fellow members under California’s new map of congressional districts, which has been all but finalized. Democrats are likely to pick up one to three seats under the redistricting plan, but the map could have more far-reaching consequences — a slew of competitive House races in the state over the next decade. The biggest factor is the uncertainty: Lawmakers will be running in districts that have suddenly become competitive, and will have to introduce themselves to new constituents added to the voter rolls because of the shifting boundaries.
Dozens of incumbents placed in jeopardy by new political maps
Ventura County Star
If that was the objective, the final political maps approved by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday delivered. The maps threaten the careers of incumbent legislators and members of Congress up and down the state. More than 60 have been displaced or drawn into districts with one or more fellow incumbents. Just in Ventura County, the maps threaten the careers — or at the very least, make their lives far less comfortable — of two members of Congress and two state senators.
Map would make Garamendi Davis’ likely new representative
Out with vineyard owner Mike Thompson, in with rancher John Garamendi. It looks increasingly as if Davis may lose a seven-term congressional Democratic representative in favor of the former lieutenant governor now in his first term in the House, if new district maps are approved next month.
California redistricting plan finalized……
The latest version of the map has been altered from the June draft, reconfiguring several of the Southern California districts to address concerns from the Latino community, whose leaders argued that the initial plan did not sufficiently reflect the state’s explosion in Hispanic population. But the new blueprint hasn’t satisfied all Latino leaders. In a statement, Arturo Vargas, the executive director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, said: “We believe the Commission did not completely embrace this unprecedented opportunity to ensure that the state’s growing Latino population can achieve full and fair representation in California’s democracy.”
Final Redistricting Maps Shift Murrieta's Political Scope
The final meeting of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission will be on August 15, according to the commission's spokesman Rob Wilcox. At that point, the commission will either vote to finalize the maps, or reject them. There will be no further revisions before that deadline, Wilcox said. In Murrieta's case, the maps released Friday differ slightly from the original release of proposed districts on June 10. They will also present a clear change from the current existing electoral boundaries.
Mapping an Uncertain Future
Overall, our local coast didn’t do that well during redistricting. Separating the ports in different congressional and senate districts is not good for San Pedro Bay and misses the opportunity to integrate environmental protection and cleanup efforts among the ports, and L.A. and Long Beach. The new state senate districts separate some of the strongest supporters of Santa Monica Mountains conservation from the actual resource. That makes it tougher for Westside residents to help out on those issues.
From the Twitterverse
@Livableworld Isaacs and Olson- Hotline: CA Reps threatened by redistricting- Dems Hahn, Linda Sanchez, Costa, Cardoza, Richardson, Napolitano, Capps, Sherman & Berman.
@fairvote FairVote- California Crackup author Joe Mathews on limited impact of CA redistricting. Book calls for proportional voting http://tinyurl.com/3hv7amb
@LATPoliticsCA LA Times CA Politics- State GOP leader takes wait-and-see attitude on redistricting http://lat.ms/p9hNlT
@KPBSnews KPBS News- Check maps to see if you'll have new representatives. "California Redistricting Commission Set To Vote On New Boundaries" http://ow.ly/5Q0ZF
@latimes Los Angeles Times- Citizen panel gives initial OK to Calif. redistricting plan http://lat.ms/rmSnJh
Council stunt seeks to divert attention from gerrymander
The Sacramento Bee
Congratulations to members of the Sacramento City Council. With their performance Tuesday, council members offered the strongest argument yet to create an independent redistricting commission that would wrest away their power to draw their own districts every 10 years. If you are a glutton for punishment, go back and watch the video of Item 24 of Tuesday's council meeting, particularly the circus theatrics of Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy and one of her ringleaders, Bill Camp, head of the Central Labor Council.
Sonoma County supervisors' redistricting focuses on Santa Rosa
The Press Democrat
Up to 6,000 residents in the Santa Rosa area likely will have a new face representing them on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors next year as a result of proposed redistricting plans. That’s because they will be in a new supervisorial district. Supervisors must redraw the county’s district boundaries every 10 years after the U.S. Census to rebalance population among the five districts.
Humboldt County redistricting committee to begin drawing maps
Whittier Daily News
The few residents who showed up Friday night for the last community redistricting hearings made it clear that Fieldbrook is a community interested in staying in the 5th District. While only three Fieldbrook residents commented Friday, the turnout was substantial compared to the last few meetings, officials said. After a decent turnout at the first meeting, in Eureka, a good turnout in Scotia -- which was attended by many Southern Humboldt residents -- and in Blue Lake, officials said the turnout at the second Eureka meeting and Arcata's meeting was dismal.
Supervisors to tackle county redistricting
At least one North County group is asking residents to turn out en masse Tuesday, as Santa Barbara County supervisors wade publicly into the sea of controversy surrounding the conditional redistricting map that their majority approved in July. The board is scheduled to consider approving the map as part of an ordinance to adjust district boundaries at 1:45 p.m., during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in Santa Barbara. A second reading of the ordinance is set for Aug. 9.
Board's map would violate law, critics say
North County Times
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to redraw its political boundaries ---- and when it does, critics say, it will violate federal law. The law in question is the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Civil rights activists say the redistricting map favored by the board, which consists of five white Republicans who have served together since the mid-1990s, violates the law by ignoring the county's growing Latino population and further diluting minority voting power. Citing the Voting Rights Act, they say the board must create a "minority-majority" district to provide Latino and black candidates with a stronger chance at election.
Supervisorial redistricting discussion to continue Aug. 2
Lake County News
The Board of Supervisors will continue a discussion on drawing new supervisorial district boundaries when it meets on Tuesday. The board meeting will convene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the board chambers on the first floor of the Lake County Courthouse, 255 N. Forbes St. TV8 will broadcast the meeting live. At 1:30 p.m. the board will continue a discussion and public hearing that began last week on redrawing supervisorial boundaries. A process to revise the county's five supervisorial districts – which takes place every 10 years following the US Census – currently is under way. Redistricting is necessary in order to ensure an equal number of residents in each district, according to Registrar of Voters Diane Fridley, who is overseeing the process and leading the board-appointed Supervisorial Redistricting Advisory Committee.
Do Latinos deserve more clout on the Board of Supervisors?
While state political junkies have turned their rapt attention to the California redistricting process in Sacramento, an initiative closer to home is quietly unfolding that could have major ramifications for communities in the South Bay and beyond. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has begun the post-census process of redrawing its district boundaries. There's been a sharp division in initial hearings over whether to keep things pretty much the same, or to radically alter the lines to accommodate a growing Latino voter population.
Mono re-districting up for public hearing
With the 2010 census and growth in population, Mono County faces the change of political boundaries for Board of Supervisor districts. A citizens’ committee has held meetings for public input and came up with three alternatives. The big issue is Mammoth Lakes, where 60% of the people live, and how much power the Town will have on the Board of Supervisors, which will hold a public hearing Tuesday on this issue.