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Wednesday, August 3, 2011


California, Animal Style

The redistricting process has its proponents, its detractors, but there’s one thing that everyone agrees upon:  In-n-Out burgers.  So, what if we redesigned our process, ditched that outdated Voting Rights Act, and went right to our common happy place.  What if we redistricted solely based on the criteria of proximity to In-n-Out locations? 

That’s what GIS wizard Yo-Sheng Chang did in his maps, California, Animal Style, a brilliant statewide map that only a few vegetarians would disagree with. 

Of course, with these perfect maps you would never get lively radio debates with Tony Quinn and Paul Mitchell discussing the future of the state and why Janice Hahn feels obliged to take one of the three LA African American congressional seats.

Also potentially lost would be the resurgence of the Florez name in the Central valley, the doubling-of-your Baca’s in congress, with one in Sacramento for good measure, or even the tripling of Calderon’s in elected office and a third Sanchez sister (technically a cousin) in DC.  

No, the in-n-out burger could bypass all these family fun opportunities.  So, instead we are stuck with a process that, depending who you talk to is the most transparent and open, or the most shady and partisan redistricting California has ever seen.  The clock is ticking to a final adoption by August 15th, and as can be seen below, the analysis and candiadte announcements keep rolling along.

State

Redistricting Map Redraw California’s Political Landscape
KCRW
For the first time, district lines for the legislature and Congress have been drawn up by a citizens' commission sworn not to take politics into consideration. The process has gone from the backroom to the public hearing, but that doesn't mean it won't have political impacts.

Remapping of California districts still on rocky road
Sacramento Bee
So the state's new redistricting commission, after countless hours of hearings, discussions and mind-numbing exercises in specific line-drawing, has produced its almost-final maps of 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.

New districts give the GOP that boxed-in feeling
Los Angeles Times
The Citizens Redistricting Commission has drawn its lines, and the latest redistricting, like all redistrictings, has lessons to teach us about California.

For Central Coast Democrats, a prize and a problem
Ventura County Star
Democrats on California's Central Coast were handed a rare prize last week when the Citizens Redistricting Commission created a Senate district with no incumbent and a 12-percentage point Democratic voter registration edge.

Changing politics – New Redistricting maps are good for the Valley and for representation
LA Daily News
Predictably, the California legislative maps proposed by an independent panel have drawn sharp reactions from some individual communities, ethnic groups and political parties. For very different reasons, Hispanic and Republican leaders say they may try to challenge the new district lines. It's their right.

Remap a mixed bag for Asian communities
Sacramento Bee
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released the final proposed maps for the Assembly, state Senate, Board of Equalization and California congressional districts.


186,000 Coachella Valley residents to go without state senator for two years
MyDesert.com
Nearly 186,000 Coachella Valley residents will go two years without traditional representation in the state Senate.

Maldonado, Capps build war chests
Santa Maria Times
The 2012 race for the newly configured 24th Congressional District is looking more and more like a head-on collision between Republican Abel Maldonado and eight-term incumbent Democrat Lois Capps.

Dean Florez mulling congressional run
Fresno Bee
Wouldn't this be a fun race to watch?  The Fresno Bee's John Ellis had this piece today on the folks thinking about running for what probably will be an open congressional seat in Kern County once redistricting is officially approved.

Valadao says he’s running for Congress
Hanford Sentinel
Just a year ago, David Valadao was another dairy farmer in Kings County. Now the first-term state Republican assemblyman from Hanford says he’ll run for Congress in 2012.

Rep. Lois Capps will run for re-election in new 24th District
Cal Coast News
Eight-term incumbent Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat, announced Friday that she will run for re-election in the newly configured 24th Congressional District.

Maps stand, Thompson and La Malfa may not
The Daily Triplicate
Del Norte County will lose its current state senator and possibly its congressman if the maps approved Friday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission are adopted in August.

Redrawing boundaries a bad idea
North County Times
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about redistricting is you get to use the word "re-jiggering" with almost reckless disregard for redundancy and such

Rancho Santa Fe: Final maps show RSF split among three state senatorial districts
Rancho Santa Fe Review
Rancho Santa Fe will be split among three state senatorial districts under final maps released Friday, July 29, by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Inland state legislators report fundraising totals
San Bernardino Press Enterprise
Being at the center of Capitol budget negotiations earlier this year seems to have been good for the bottom line of state Sen. Bill Emmerson's campaign committee.

Elk Grove back in proposed Lungren district
Elk Grove Citizen
Although the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has until Aug. 15 to finalize district maps for a variety of offices, the preliminary final maps released last week indicate that Elk Grove would remain in Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River)’s Congressional district.

Local

Mayor: City should have independent redistricting panel
Sacramento Bee
Mayor Kevin Johnson thinks the way the city's redistricting process has unfolded stinks. And he wants to make some changes.

Supervisors to consider “minority-majority” district
North County Times
In a surprise move, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to consider creating a district that would boost the chances of minority candidates seeking election to the board in South County.

Minorities to get bigger voice in county districts
San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego County plans to create a supervisorial district where the majority of the population is made up of ethnic minorities, abandoning its original redistricting plan after civil rights lawyers threatened legal action.

Supervisors vote to create redistricting plan with majority-minority district
The Daily Transcript
In a significant change of course, the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to create a plan to redraw their supervisorial district lines that includes a district with a majority of minorities.

S.J. supervisor raises concerns over late changes to district map
Stockton Record Net
San Joaquin County officials today are set to vote on a political map that would define the boundaries of the Board of Supervisors' five districts for the next decade.

County supervisors should have done better with redistricting
Contra Costa Times
CONTRA COSTA County supervisors last week approved new boundaries for their districts that are a significant improvement over the current map.

Supervisors approve late-submitted redistricting plan
Bakerfield.com
Kern County supervisors moved quickly Tuesday to approve the last-minute map of political boundaries developed by Kern County Administrator John Nilon's office.

Supervisors Toss Out Resident-Drawn Redistricting Map of Plan By Carbajal
Noozhawk, Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday threw out the redistricting map it adopted July 12 and moved forward with one drawn by First District Supervisor Salud Carbajal.

Heated Debate Fuels Redistricting Talks
KEYT, Channel 3
Who would have ever thought Carpinteria and New Cuyama would have a connection? Or Isla Vista and Guadalupe.

Yuba County Supervisors OK districts with changes
Appeal Democrat
Yuba County supervisors adopted a new map for supervisorial districts Tuesday evening, putting in place what voters will be grouped in for the next decade.

9th time the charm? Supervisors redraw districts
Sun Herald
Colusa officials have drawn yet another proposal for new district boundaries. The latest version — the ninth is a series of proposals that attempts to adjust the supervisorial district boundaries using the new census population estimates — is virtually the same at the one proposed in June.


California, Animal Style

The redistricting process has its proponents, its detractors, but there’s one thing that everyone agrees upon:  In-n-Out burgers.  So, what if we redesigned our process, ditched that outdated Voting Rights Act, and went right to our common happy place.  What if we redistricted solely based on the criteria of proximity to In-n-Out burgers? 

That’s what GIS wizard Yo-Sheng Chang did in his maps,
California, Animal Style, a brilliant statewide map that only a few vegetarians would disagree with. 

Of course, with these perfect maps you would never get lively radio debates with Tony Quinn and Paul Mitchell discussing the future of the state and why Janice Hahn feels obliged to take one of the three LA African American congressional seats.

Also potentially lost would be the resurgence of the Florez name in the Central valley, the doubling-of-your Baca’s in congress, with one in Sacramento for good measure, or even the tripling of Calderon’s in elected office and a third Sanchez sister (technically a cousin) in DC.  No, the in-n-out burger could bypass all these family fun opportunities.

State
Redistricting Map Redraw California’s Political Landscape
KCRW
For the first time, district lines for the legislature and Congress have been drawn up by a citizens' commission sworn not to take politics into consideration. The process has gone from the backroom to the public hearing, but that doesn't mean it won't have political impacts.

Remapping of California districts still on rocky road
Sacramento Bee
So the state's new redistricting commission, after countless hours of hearings, discussions and mind-numbing exercises in specific line-drawing, has produced its almost-final maps of 177 legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.

New districts give the GOP that boxed-in feeling
Los Angeles Times
The Citizens Redistricting Commission has drawn its lines, and the latest redistricting, like all redistrictings, has lessons to teach us about California.

For Central Coast Democrats, a prize and a problem
Ventura County Star
Democrats on California's Central Coast were handed a rare prize last week when the Citizens Redistricting Commission created a Senate district with no incumbent and a 12-percentage point Democratic voter registration edge.

Changing politics – New Redistricting maps are good for the Valley and for representation
LA Daily News
Predictably, the California legislative maps proposed by an independent panel have drawn sharp reactions from some individual communities, ethnic groups and political parties. For very different reasons, Hispanic and Republican leaders say they may try to challenge the new district lines. It's their right.

Remap a mixed bag for Asian communities
Sacramento Bee
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday released the final proposed maps for the Assembly, state Senate,<