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Monday, August 8, 2011


Surf’s Up!

The post-redistricting shuffle has just begun, with members of congress in particular bouncing around trying to jump in a seat or force someone else out.  Nowhere is that game more interesting than San Fernando Valley where Howard Berman - a name synonymous with the old-style backroom redistricting - could end up being Prop 20’s highest profile victim.  To avoid a fight against Brad Sherman and his over $4 million warchest, Berman can either run for his now Latino-Majority seat or get Brad Sherman to move out. 

Tim Herdt got one of the best quotes of the year when talking with the unapologetic Sherman: "Howard Berman has indicated his preference that I not run in Congressional District 30," Sherman said. "He has pointed out that there is an open seat in Seattle, one in Eureka and one in Ventura County. That's three seats where I could go to take up surfing, but I'm not interested in taking up surfing.”

While Sherman isn’t getting fitted for wetsuits, the coastal seats for Assembly, Senate and Congress could be where the most interesting battles lie: from the Marin seat where Michael Allen could move, to the question of a Monning/Alejo race in Monterey, a Blakeslee seat where we could see a Nava/Hodge/Jackson Mêlée à Trois, down to Santa Monica where Butler is working to clear out the candidates that were vying for the Brownley and Feuer seats, a potential Hall/Hahn race for one of the African American seats (after they both trounce Richardson), two Lowenthals running for Senate and Congress, OC Republicans sparring off, and even a couple San Diego coastal races with Billbray in one and Vargas/Ducheny in another.

This year the CA coast alone should have more competitive races than most states see in a decade.  If you're a DC reporter or traveling political consultant it could be time for a road trip!  Better get that now before someone wakes up and realizes that there are even crazier races in the Central Valley and Inland Empire!


Redistricting maps a mixed bag for out candidates
The Bay Area Reporter
"The LGBT community made huge strides in being a part of the process, being recognized, and being a really critical piece of the puzzle," said Paul Mitchell, a Democratic consultant based in Sacramento who specializes in the redistricting process. "They moved lines to keep them intact, that is a first in the country." San Francisco and its LGBT community will no longer be carved up into two state Senate seats come 2012. Instead, the city will be combined into one district, which has been given the number 11. It also includes Daly City, Colma and parts of South San Francisco.

California Redistricting
City Visions Radio
In November, Californians voted a second time to remove elected representatives from the redistricting process, or the drawing of electoral boundaries. Voters gave that authority to a newly formed Citizens Redistricting Commission. ----- To listen to the radio segment including guests Paul Mitchell and Connie Galambos Malloy, click here.

Congressional maps shift political landscape
The Downey Patriot
Downey will remain whole in each new legislative and congressional district, according to preliminary final maps released by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission last Friday. The newly proposed district maps, which link the city with several communities to the west and northeast, are drawing both praise and sharp criticism from city officials this week who agree the new districts will ultimately alter Downey’s political landscape.

Sherman Rules Out Move to Ventura County
Ventura Star News

There has been much speculation among county Democrats that Rep. Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks might decide to move to Ventura County to avoid a primary battle with Rep. Howard Berman. The maps approved by the Citizens Redistricting Commission last week put both Democratic incumbents in the same district in the western San Fernando Valley.  "It's dead wrong," Sherman said Thursday when asked about the speculation.

Redistricting Shuffles Political Alignments
Newly-drawn electoral districts will reshuffle the communities Pacific Palisades votes with; relocate its elected officials (ending a long-lived relationship with State Sen. Fran Pavley [D]); and draw a line right down the middle of one seaside neighborhood. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved a set of 'preliminary final' maps for U.S. Congressional and state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization districts on Friday. After a public review period, during which changes are unlikely, the commission expects to adopt the maps August 15.

Vietnamese Concerns Prompt Redistricting Review
New America Media
Concerns that the Vietnamese American community’s political influence will be split by Orange County’s redistricting process prompted the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to send the draft plan back to committee. The county is months into its redistricting process, required by federal law every 10 years to ensure political boundaries provide equal representation for voters. Supervisors must approve a plan by Nov. 1.

Redistricting proposal splits Menlo along 101
Palo-Alto Online
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has proposed dividing Menlo Park into two congressional districts, moving the Belle Haven neighborhood into a separate district to be represented by Jackie Speier, D-San Francisco. If the commission were to approve the latest proposed map on Aug. 15, a new 18th Congressional District, represented by Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, would include Menlo Park west of U.S. Highway 101, Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley.

The Process Wasn’t Perfect, But Concerns About Redistricting Are Misplaced
Now that the maps have come out from the Citizens Redistricting Commission, there are hosts of people that are being critical of the final product because of the impact they have on one or two individual elected officials that they care about.  Most of these concerns are misplaced.

Latest Redistricting Maps Keep Trio of South County Cities Together
Dana Point Times
The newest proposed maps for Congressional, Assembly and Senate district maps keep Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano together in the voting areas, a change from preliminary maps that split Dana Point among two districts.

High Desert lacks a Congressional rep in latest redistricting plans
The finalized drafts for new Congressional districts leave the High Desert without a representative. Congressional drafts released last week lump most of the High Desert from the 41st and 25th Congressional districts into a new 8th District, but doesn’t include representatives Buck McKeon (R-25) or Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-41). A spokesman for Lewis said the congressman had not made any decisions about whether he would move to the 8th District — where most of his current constituents are — because he hopes the drafts aren’t approved.

Latinos Win Some, Lose Some in CA Redistricting
News Taco
Depending on what level of redistricting you consider, Latinos in California have either lost out, or won out, according to Rosalind Gold, who is the Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, NALEO. “We do feel that, if you look at the state as a whole, there should have been an overall increase in Latino effective districts because the Latino population increase accounted for 90% of the overall increase of the state’s population,” Gold told News Taco.

Redistricting Could Impact Piedmont's Representation in State Assembly
Piedmont Patch
The City of Piedmont will find itself in a new State Assembly district should the latest maps recently approved by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission be adopted later this month. Final preliminary redistricting maps released Friday by the 14-member commission would move Piedmont out of the 16th State Assembly district currently represented by Assemblyman Sandré Swanson (D-Alameda).

The California Redistricting Quake is Coming
Jim Ellis Insights
Assuming they formally adopt the latest version of the congressional redistricting map with few changes on Aug. 15, the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission will wreak havoc upon the Golden State’s congressional delegation. The state’s most senior and powerful members, other than House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-8), didn’t receive particularly favorable treatment from the new map drawers and with such people as House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-CA-26), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA-30), and Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA-28) all facing more challenging political situations, substantial change is on the horizon.

Redistricting collaborative meets
Our Weekly
The process of redrawing the political lines for congressional, as well as the state assembly, senate and Board of Equalization districts is winding down, and the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) now awaits comments from the public on the final preliminary maps. CRC will vote on the maps Aug. 15. The African American Redistricting Collaborative will hold a meeting this evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the West Angeles Villas to discuss the maps, answer questions and provide direction on what comments residents should forward to the commission.

California Redistricting Bad for the GOP
Human Events
What was billed as a “bipartisan” plan for redrawing California’s 53 U.S. House districts is turning out to be a blueprint that will in all likelihood cost Republicans a handful of the 19 congressional seats they now hold in the Golden State.

The Redistricting Commission: Now To The Courts
Fox and Hounds Daily
The constitution gives the California Supreme Court "original and exclusive jurisdiction in all proceedings in which a certified final map is challenged," and the Commission has "sole legal standing to defend any action regarding a certified final map."  Additionally, the maps must be submitted to the United States Department of Justice for pre-clearance to show they do not regress minority voting opportunities in four counties that fall under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  Further, the maps could be challenged in federal court for violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by providing insufficient opportunities for minorities to win elections.  Communities could sue under the state constitution over how their areas are divided up.

Allen: Moving into Napa's district is an option
Napa Valley Register
On Thursday, Assembly member Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, said that moving from his home in northern Santa Rosa to a residence within Napa's proposed Assembly district was something he would consider once the boundaries were finalized. Allen said he had "developed an affinity" for Napa County and spent his first term in the Assembly familiarizing himself with the area's issues. He would consider the possibility of a move along with some "other options" after the maps are officially approved on Aug. 15, he said.

Redistricting honesty
The Sun
In "Redistricting maps ready" (July 29), redistricting Commissioner and former Claremont Mayor Peter Yao said the commission respected the Voting Rights Act and that a district with a minority group as a majority cannot be redrawn so as to disenfranchise or dilute the power of the minority vote. Commissioner Yao could not be further from the truth, especially when reviewing the congressional maps in San Bernardino County.

Thanks for nothing, redistricting commission
Contra Costa Times
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the California Citizens Redistricting Commission for taking Pleasant Hill out of the "RAMON" Senate district with Contra Costa County and placing us in the "WINE" Senate district with Napa, Sonoma, Lake, and Yolo counties. I am delighted that the commission saw fit to ignore its own standards and place us in a district that is not contiguous with our city and does not share common social and economic interests.

Valley Cities Together in Final District Maps
The Independent
State redistricting maps, which will come up for a vote of approval Aug. 15 in Sacramento, include Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin in the same State Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was charged by state voters in a ballot proposition to handle the decennial task, is expected to okay the maps. Commissioners approved the congressional maps on July 29 by a 13-2 vote. They approved the state Assembly and Senate districts on a 14-1 vote.

City officials not happy with Assembly, congressional district maps
The Californian
Temecula officials are disappointed by the latest maps released last week by the state redistricting committee, which split the city and, they argue, dilute the area's political punch. The congressional district boundaries drawn up by a citizens committee cut Temecula into two districts, with the dividing line near the Meadowview neighborhood. The 50th District would include most of the city and stretches south into San Diego County, taking in Escondido, San Marcos and Alpine. The 42nd District would take in the northern part of the city, including Harveston, as well as Murrieta, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Corona.

How the local political landscape for 2012 is unfolding
These lines are the second effort from the commission, and they are more conventional politically than the first, which is to say that they seem to recognize incumbents, who are overwhelmingly Democrats locally. A protest from Latino legislators worked, particularly in San Jose. Finally, there is always a chance these lines will not be final. A legal challenge or a referendum could turn the line-drawing to the courts, a bitter irony for the reform movement that created the commission

In California's redrawn political districts, white voters will dominate
The Sacramento Bee
Most of California's legislators and congressional representatives will be elected over the next decade from districts dominated by white voters, the state's new political maps show. Districts drawn by the state's first-ever redistricting commission may bolster the clout of other racial groups – particularly Latinos – but probably not end the longtime political dominance by whites.

Left wins latest redistricting battle
North County Times
So, here it is. After looking at the current redistricting process, and the new maps offered by a supposedly nonpartisan and fair-minded commission that is doing the bidding for left-wing and ethnic interest groups, I do have some happy news: The new maps ---- which almost certainly will ensure a two-thirds legislative voting majority for Democrats, who will be sure to raise taxes early and often ---- are likely to be challenged and won't go into effect until at least 2012 either way.

Remapping of state districts nears finish, but still a bit rocky
The San Francisco Examiner
Partisan and independent analysts have cranked up their computers, and their scenarios generally agree that the proposed districts, which need one more commission vote this month, would result in a Democratic gain of congressional seats and give Democrats a strong chance to claim two-thirds majorities in both legislative houses.

Assembly maps divide Coachella Valley
When The Desert Sun endorsed the creation of an independent commission to draw new political boundaries, we didn't know what to expect. Our hope was that it would create more competitive districts that produce more moderate representatives who know how to compromise instead of extremists who agree on almost nothing. It had to be better than the old system of having the majority party gerrymandering the state.

Op-Ed: Political cartoon encourages discrimination
The newspaper's July 31st political cartoon "California Redistricting" is racist. It panders to those who are already feeling severely alienated from the realities of modern society. Some of the alienated wind up taking refuge in potentially violent political extremism (look at what happened recently in Norway and the Oklahoma City bombing). Cartoons like this use "multiculturalism" as the latest code word to spread their racist poison. Responsible newspapers should avoid pandering to them and stop printing absurd cartoons such as this one. This is just the type of xenophobic rhetoric responsible for creating an environment which enabled maniacs like Breivik and Timothy McVeigh to believe they were acting in the interests of their respective countries.

Size of Legislature redistricting issue
The Dickinson Press
The decennial census once again documented substantial population losses in rural districts, meaning that they must be expanded to encompass the equal population required by the one-person, one-vote rule. To ward off this expansion, the rural legislators on the redistricting committee proposed increasing the size of the Legislature. Under the state constitution, the body could be increased from its present 47 districts up to as many as 53.

Redrawn lines will shape race for Congress
Marin Independent Journal
The voter-mandated Citizens Redistricting Commission unveiled final maps setting boundaries for California's congressional, state Senate and Assembly districts. Marin fared well in the nonpartisan redistricting process. Commissioners understood that Marin's "community of interest" was with the suburban and rural North Bay/North Coast and not with urban San Francisco. Until now, Marin and central Sonoma have been in the 6th Congressional District represented by retiring Lynn Woolsey%u200B, D-Petaluma.

GOP has buyer's remorse about supporting redistricting commission
The Sacramento Bee
Republican Party leaders are carping about what they are claiming is a failed experiment at permitting citizens to redraw legislative boundaries. Republicans ought to thank the commission for a job reasonably well done, and be happy that the lines commissioners have drawn were not far worse for the once-Grand Old Party of California. The California Republican Party endorsed the two initiatives that brought about the Citizens Redistricting Commission, Propositions 20 and 11.

California GOP 'likely' to challenge new political districts at the ballot
Southern California Public Radio
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s final draft of legislative districts could cut the number of Republicans seats in Congress and in the state legislature. The state Republican Party has been debating whether to challenge the new political maps. Chairman Tom Del Beccaro says the debate’s nearly over. "It’s becoming ever more likely that we we're going to make a final decision in favor of doing a referendum at least in connection with the senate maps," Del Becarro says.

Fighting for a compromise
Bill Emmerson was elected to represent the Coachella Valley in the California Senate's 37th District in June 2010. His term began January. Next year, he will seek re-election in the new 23rd District, which doesn't include the desert. The valley's new 28th district won't have a state senator until after the 2014 election. However, Emmerson said that if he's elected, he will continue to respond to the valley's concerns.

Cartoon stupid, offensive
I am offended and insulted by the July 31 cartoon map you had depicting various ethnic groups, sexual orientations and potheads, etc., all lumped in to different portions of California. I have lived in this community for more than 20 years and have been an Appeal-Democrat reader for several years. I could not believe my eyes when I saw that cartoon. It felt as if I was transported back in time to the Jim Crow era. Why on earth would anyone, in trying to explain the redistricting process, use a map separating different groups on a map of California? And where were the other groups like the Punjabi community or the Muslim community?

Reformed remap process still political
California got gerrymandering by a different name. New boundaries were shaped by determined, self-serving interests of different political players. Instead of two political parties, reform created a battleground for myriad special interests to create districts to serve their interests. It's the same old song, this time sung in a disparate cacophony. The new districts are gerrymandered by lofty-sounding "communities of interest," which are as self-seeking as Republicans and Democrats, who used to redraw boundaries. If anything, politics ratcheted up.

Redistricting ends Herger's long reign
Colusa County Sun Herald
Not since Vic Fazio represented the area has Colusa and Glenn counties had a voice from the left speaking for it in Congress. Now, through redistricting, former California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi will likely soon represent the counties as part of a district that will also include Sutter and Yuba counties.

Citizen-Drawn Districts in California May Solidify Democrat Rule
San Francisco Chronicle
Democrats in the most populous U.S. state are short of two- thirds control in the Assembly and state Senate by two votes in each chamber. The margin was enough for Republicans to block tax and fee extensions sought by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, depriving the state of more than $9 billion in revenue and forcing cuts to universities and other programs.

Redistricting maps force Prang out
WeHo News
WeHo Mayor Pro Tem Jeffery Prang today announced that he would suspend his campaign for the West Hollywood Assembly seat newly-created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as part of the nation’s decennial post-census redistricting. As reported on Saturday, that commission Friday approved final draft maps to determine the lines separating California state Senate, Assembly, congressional and Board of Equalization districts.

Malibu cut off from common-interest cities in new legislative districts
The Malibu Times
The redistricting process is a mixed bag for Malibu, which would be separated in the state Senate from Santa Monica, with which it shares a school district. In the state Assembly, Malibu would be cut off from nearby cities Calabasas, Westlake Village and Hidden Hills. Malibu is separated from nearby cities which share key interests related to education, transportation and the environment in the preliminary final maps for California's redrawn legislative districts, released Friday. In the state Senate, Malibu would be placed in a separate district from Santa Monica, with which it shares a school district. It would also be separated in the state Assembly from nearby cities Calabasas, Westlake Village and Hidden Hills.

No room for Jim Nielsen
It looks as if Jim Nielsen is going to have to move if he wants to continue representing the 2nd District in the State Assembly. That, or lie again about his living arrangements. The new state redistricting maps are out, and neither of Nielsen’s homes is in the reconfigured 2nd District. I say “homes” because he has two of them—the funky doublewide mobile near Gerber where, for political reasons, he says he lives and the expensive house in Woodland, outside his district, where he and his wife actually reside.

Few political jolts in Monterey County redistricting plan
The Herald
The numbers will change for state and congressional districts in Monterey County, but aside from a few tantalizing tidbits, the newly proposed districts don't stand to shake up the local political landscape. The county's two state Senate districts, two Assembly districts and one congressional district proposed by the state Citizens Redistricting Commission will be up for final approval Aug. 15. Barring slim chances for successful legal challenges, the new maps will come into play in the 2012 elections.


County to continue redistricting discussion
Elk Grove Citizen
The board met on July 26 to review the six plans under consideration. The county’s Voter Registration and Elections Office created five of the maps based on population, geography, and demographics. A Sacramento County resident created the sixth map and had it accepted by the board as a possibility.

Neighborhoods lost in city's remap debate
The Sacramento Bee
Much of the recent debate surrounding the city of Sacramento's redistricting process has been on the appropriateness of a redistricting committee member submitting a map anonymously and the behavior of a City Council member and another member of the redistricting committee at a City Council meeting.

County redistricting takes turn
In a political dance that kept Isla Vista and UCSB in the pivotal 3rd District, kept Lompoc whole, and punted on Guadalupe, the Board of Supervisors majority on Tuesday ditched a controversial earlier decision on redistricting and approved a new map created by 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal. After nearly three hours of sometimes heated board debate and public comment from 27 speakers, supervisors directed staff to draw up the paperwork before voting on the package at the end of the meeting.

Supervisors approve redistricting plan
Just a few days after it was introduced to the public, the county board of supervisors approved a new redistricting map. They say it best reflects demographics and community interests. "I think that planning for what we know is going to come in accelerated growth patterns in the southwestern and western part of the metro area is something that option seven does," says supervisor Zack Scrivne

Supervisors worry about ‘my people’ and not SJ County
The bulk of the growth was in the South County cities of  Tracy, Manteca, Ripon, and Manteca. Yet everything was done to protect the status quo of four sitting supervisors - three in Stockton and one in Lodi. Why else do you think 16,000 Ripon residents were lumped in with Lodi? It was so Lodi’s power and voice on the Board of Supervisors wouldn’t be eroded by making districts reflect the growing population of the South County. And in case any upset supervisor is concerned, the one man, one vote ruling triggered in part by events in Selma ultimately targeted such redistricting strategies that work to dilute the voice of people. It is a sad day when a supervisor openly says at a public meeting that he’s worried about losing “my people” in reference to the people who elected him.

County must be wary of gerrymandering
The Sacramento Bee
It has not generated the passion of legislative, congressional or even Sacramento City Council redistricting, but the remapping of Sacramento County supervisor districts matters. The same objectives apply. Most importantly, the districts have to be roughly equal in population. They should be geographically compact and they should try as much as possible to keep communities of interests together. For the county, communities of interests have been defined for the most part as cities.

County redistricting committee continues discussions; Some maps to drastically change districts
While some changes suggested for district lines won't impact much of the county, others move entire communities -- including Rio Dell, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook and Cutten -- from their current districts. The redistricting committee, appointed by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, meets Monday to continue reviewing and tweaking proposed maps. Proposed changes range from straightening the line in Eureka between the 1st and 4th districts by splitting the districts down Harris Street, to creating a geographically large rural horseshoe-shaped district that would group Fortuna and Rio Dell with Cutten and Ridgewood.

Conservative group questions public role in redistricting
As the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors moves toward approving a final redistricting map, a conservative group is questioning the value of the public process and pushing for a citizens-level redistricting commission. Central Coast Freedom Rallies was founded in 2008 and describes itself on its Facebook page as “a coalition of patriots from the Central Coast of California,” specifically northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo counties.

Glitch To Leave 145,000 Voiceless in New District
For weeks, San Diego's Redistricting Commission has been winding down its work to draw new City Council boundaries. When it's done, the city will have a new 9th District likely to include City Heights, Kensington-Talmadge and the College Area. But as the commission has come closer to finalizing its map, city officials have realized a problem. Once the map is adopted, the 145,000 residents of that new 9th District will not have a councilmember.

Familiar Faces To Represent New 9th Council District … For Now
It's been unclear who will be leading San Diego's new 9th Council District until now. The City's Redistricting Committee has been working to draw up new boundaries for the city's council districts for the past couple of months. Those lines get redrawn every 10 years to better reflect population changes according to the census. This year they have a new district to contend with, the addition tied to voters' preference for the "strong mayor" form of government.

Confusion Grows Over 9th District Representation
Adrian Kwiatkowski, one of 15 who sat on Mayor Jerry Sanders' Charter Review Committee, said the committee did not intend for residents of the new 9th District to go a year without a council representative. The City Charter wouldn't require that, he said, despite what Council President Tony Young said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. "That wasn't our intent, and we thought the language was pretty clear," Kwiatkowski said.

Redistricting could push some council members out of their districts
La Jolla Light
City Council President Tony Young said Tuesday there could be a third council member bumped out of a district if certain adjustments are made to a redistricting map under — himself. The plan being weighed by the Redistricting Commission already moves District 3 away from the City Heights residence of Councilman Todd Gloria, and District 6 away from the home of Councilwoman Lorie Zapf in Bay Ho.

Del Cerro Action Council – Redistricting Moving Forward
Mission Times Courier
It appears the Navajo Community will remain intact as it relates to the new council district boundaries drawn up by the Redistricting Commission. However, there were some anxious moments over the past few weeks. At one point there were several maps in circulation by various special interest groups, and by the Redistricting Commission, dividing up portions of the Navajo Community; splitting Allied Gardens and Grantville away from Del Cerro and San Carlos, or splitting San Carlos down Navajo Road.

Observations on the redistricting debate
Santa Ynez Valley News
Conservative activists claim this demonstrates growth in the number of North County conservative voters and conclude that the only acceptable redistricting result is transfer of political power to a party with less than one-third of the county's registered voters. Two problems here: Their conclusion is the definition of illegal gerrymandering, which is changing political districts in order to achieve desired change in political outcomes, and their premise is false.

Coast-Canyons council map draws praise at hearing
La Jolla Light
La Jolla residents on Monday expressed support for the favored Coast and Canyons map, which has been absorbed into the preliminary San Diego City redistricting plan. At the UTC Forum Hall public hearing, La Jolla resident Joe LaCava, the architect of Coast and Canyons, thanked the commission for finding the plan viable.

Sacramento redistricting map scrap
Not so long ago, the effort to redraw the political boundaries of Sacramento’s City Council districts had gone along quietly and civilly. The politics were there, but mostly hinted at and mostly below the surface. But last week the politics broke into plain view—and in ways more dramatic than anyone expected. City Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy lashed out at a member of the Sacramento Redistricting Citizens Advisory Committee, accusing him of unethical behavior. Mayor Kevin Johnson accused his council colleagues of “undermining” the redistricting process. And Councilman Steve Cohn got a little choked up.

County redistricting moves along
Redwood Times
One of the last public county redistricting meetings was held at the Scotia Fire Hall on Tuesday evening. The meeting was conducted by Elections Director Carolyn Crnich, County Assessor Mari Wilson, District Attorney Paul Gallegos and Sheriff Mike Downey, the team appointed by the Board of Supervisors to receive public input and come up with a few redistricting proposals for the supervisors to consider.

Supervisor Knabe Encourages Residents To Attend Tuesday’s Redistricting Meeting
Everything Long Beach
I know that many of you have been very active throughout this process, attending the Boundary Review Committee meetings and sending in over 1,000 letters, which had a tremendous impact.  However, we must keep the momentum going, as we head into the final phase of review. After the BRC reviewed 19 plans, we’re basically down to two.  The BRC approved Plan A2 and is submitting it to the Board.  Another plan, Plan S1, will also likely be addressed.

Public hearing Tuesday on county redistricting maps
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will conduct a public hearing on three proposed maps before redrawing the county’s supervisorial district boundaries. Tuesday’s hearing, to take place at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building, 2800 W. Burrel Ave., Visalia, is the first of two before the board votes to approve or reject the proposed maps.