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Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Redistricting Bank Deposits

The post-redsitricting news is now centering on the candidates and bouncing of incumbents either out of office or into something new.  For legislative observers, two of the most interesting hops are Asm. Betsy Butler into a West Hollywood/Santa Monica seat and Asm. Michael Allen to a Marin seat.  The move for Allen has not forced any of the currently running candidates to budge, but backing from the Speaker and Labor should cause a couple of them to consider pausing their campaigns for four years.  In the Butler race an online petition has been created by Venice activist Marta Evry asking her to run for the new 66th District against her 2010 opponent Nathan Mintz instead of the new 50th District against local activist Torie Osborne and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom.

The online advocacy is cute, but probably pales in comparison to the voter preferences in these two districts. In 2010 Brown won the 50th by 37 points.  In that same election Whitman won the 66th by two points.  Those numbers trump an online petition any day.

In related news, over the weekend politicos were stunned that Democratic Treasurer Kinde Durkee apparently “redistricted” big piles of campaign cash into her own bank account. 

The current legislators that have big money at stake include Sen. Lou Correa, a likely candidate for OC Supervisor with $850k in three accounts, Asm. Jose Solorio who is a leading candidate for the State Senate in 2014 with $100k and another $40k in his ballot measure committee, Sen. Ted Lieu who has a few years to rebuild $200k along with Senate colleague Curren Price who has $125k at risk.   Assemblyman Roger Hernandez who just backed out of a Congressional run is in for $100k, Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden, the leading candidate to replace Anthony Portantino, has $125k, Paul Kerkorian, currently on the LA City Council slides in with relatively small stakes, only $40k on hand in two committees.  And among powerful Democratic committees, Eric Bauman with the LA County Democratic Committee could be limiting his robocalls next cycle if he can’t recover his $175k.

Yes, Redistricting could have caused some turmoil and heartache among LA area Dems, but this whole affair could have even more at risk.

Articles are below, but make sure to check out the Candidates section with fun tidbits regarding Berman/Sherman, Sanchez/Calderon, and the Asm. Berryhill move to a Senate Contest against Galgiani, leaving his Assembly District open for up-and-coming Adam Gray who already has raised over $100k in a non-Durkee account.


California's Unsound Redistricting Process
The Huffington Post
California's Citizens Redistricting Commission also has structural flaws that undermine the integrity of its work product -- and it didn't require an earthquake to bring it crumbling down. The commission's flaws are almost too numerous to believe: a brief and inadequate background check of commission applicants, an inability to deliver three draft maps for public input, and a failure to follow an open and transparent process. As a result, voters are left with maps, which at least one commissioner believes, violate federal law. The commission's problems began with an inadequate review of its own applicants and, worse, those who ultimately were permitted to serve.

New Redistricting Maps Boost Local Representation
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
Signifying a strong degree of consensus around the new boundaries in Inland Southern California, Senate, Assembly, and Congressional boundaries for districts in Riverside County survived several rounds of revisions and pre-visualized drafts as the Commission wrestled with drawing lines for more urban communities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Preliminary versions of the final maps were approved in early August, beginning a two week-period of public comment before the Commission approved the final maps that would mean drastic changes across the political spectrum in California.

Final Redistricting Maps Could Change Santa Monicas Elected Officials
Santa Monica Mirror
But not all the elected officials contacted by The Mirror are unhappy with the results. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who will run for the State Assembly in 2012, said he thought the new Assembly District 50 boundaries were great. He noted Santa Monica’s new Assembly district retains Malibu, Agoura Hills, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and some of Los Angeles. “For me this is very exciting,” Bloom said. “This is the area where I grew up and the area I’m intimately familiar with.” Bloom said the State Senate district boundary changes meant Santa Monica would have to learn “more about our neighbors in the South Bay” in the new Senate District 26, as Santa Monica is now paired with South Bay communities all the way to Rancho Palos Verdes.

Latino leaders not optimistic about 2012 races
The Washington Post
Rapid Latino population growth and a smattering of newly created Latino House districts across the country are giving the group a chance to amplify its voice in Congress. But talk to Latino leaders, and you won’t hear a whole lot of optimism about 2012. “It would appear to be a good opportunity on the surface, but in reality it’s not,” said Juan Andrade, president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. “It does not necessarily follow that the representatives will be Latino, as much as we would like for that to be the case.”

New congressional district is all the buzz at Labor Day picnic
The Ventura County Star
Redistricting — and the opportunities it might create for Democrats in next year's election — was the hot topic Monday at the Democrats' Labor Day Picnic. "This gives us a lot of opportunity," said Joseph Castaneda, 29, an Oxnard resident and treasurer for the Ventura County Young Democrats. "People have become reanimated with the possibilities. A lot of people who hadn't been voting understand that it counts." Organizers estimated that about 350 people attended the picnic at Freedom Park in Camarillo, sponsored by the Working Blue Democratic Club of Ventura County.

Cupertino, Sunnyvale enter new legislative districts
Changes are coming to who votes in which of California's congressional, Assembly and Senate districts. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission made it official last month, voting Aug. 15 to approve the final version of maps for these districts as well as the California State Board of Equalization districts. Sunnyvale will be moved to Congressional District 17. In the past the city has been in California's 14th Congressional District, represented by Anna Eshoo. Congressional District 17 has been represented by Sam Farr, who will term out in 2012. U.S. Rep. Mike Honda of District 15 is running for District 17.

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of California's Initiative Process
NBC Bay Area
At first, it may seem surprising that Republican legislators are attempting to circumvent the initiative process at the same time they praise it. But they've read the polls that continually tell us that Californians trust themselves to legislate more than they do state legislators. On the other hand, Republicans got singed royally by the initiative process by pushing redistricting reform, and the celebratory resolution gives them cover to fight a politically impalpable outcome. In another irony, Republicans are trying to use referenda to undo what they did through the initiative process, by challenging Congressional and state Senate lines.

Our View: Lines are set; move on
After many meetings and lobbying, the redistricting process is done. But some aren’t happy about the outcome. The maps are drawn. The dust is settling. The Santa Clarita Valley was carved up a bit, especially in the Senate map. And now we’ll have to see how it will affect the political future of the SCV, and California as a whole. Now many critics are turning their criticisms to the process itself  — a process with which we are satisfied. As we’ve said before, this year’s redistricting process was taken away from the elected officials who have had a history of drawing district lines to their benefit.

State redistricting puts Morgan Hill with Santa Clara County
Morgan Hill Times
The new and finalized maps redraw lines for the California State Senate, Assembly, Congressional districts as well as the Board of Equalization. Districts were redrawn from scratch and not renumbered. Morgan Hill now finds itself in newly labeled State Senate District 17, Congressional District 19, State Assembly 30 and Board of Equalization District 2. State Senate District 17 extends down the coast to Pismo Beach. Assembly District 30 now incorporates Morgan Hill with Gilroy, Hollister and Salinas and extends past King City to the San Antonio Reservoir area. The new Congressional District 19 puts Morgan Hill with not only Gilroy and San Martin and parts of San Jose.

Not everyone bullish on districting remap
North County Times
But not all political and ethnic groups feel well represented in Sacramento, judging from recent opposition to the latest legislative redistricting plan drawn up for the first time by an independent commission. Several weeks ago in this space, I expressed my own relative satisfaction with the new map, providing reasons why Republicans should ---- and do ---- support it. But other GOPers are livid at the plan, claiming it will all but wipe out their kind. The new map is "unfair if not unconstitutional," proclaimed Thomas del Beccaro, state Republican Party chairman.

Assembly lines frustrate cities
The Press-Enterprise
For most of the past year, civic leaders in Hemet and San Jacinto have been promoting the concept of forming a united valley where the two cities can work together and speak with one voice on projects and common interests. But thanks to newly drawn lines, one common interest will mean three different groups will have to be involved. The redistricting process split the San Jacinto Valley into three Assembly districts, a move that has not pleased city leaders as they seek representation in Sacramento.

Former Gov. Pete Wilson weighs in on local, state politics
Sign On San Diego
Wilson, also a former San Diego mayor and U.S. senator, has become the most recognizable figure in an effort to overturn new district boundaries, contending they would effectively guarantee a Democratic supermajority in the state Senate and allow them to raise taxes. “It would make Republicans irrelevant in terms of stopping bad legislation,” Wilson said in a recent interview, adding that he also supports putting the redrawn congressional lines to voters.


Race heats up in San Gabriel Valley's Asian Assembly District
Pasadena Star-News
With the ink barely dry on California's legislative redistricting maps, competition for the San Gabriel Valley's new Asian influence Assembly District began heating up early. Candidates won't file until February for the 2012 race - but the first several have been vying to distinguish themselves in a pool thick with relatively young, Democratic, local elected officials. But the landscape changed suddenly when state Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Alhambra, who currently holds the seat, and his wife, Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, announced their support for Montebello School Board member Edwin Chau on Wednesday.

Jerry Doyle Interviews Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA)
The Jerry Doyle Show
Jerry Doyle interviews Congressman Brad Sherman (The guy Jerry Doyle ran against and lost to in 2000 for Congress), Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing California's 27th congressional district about his take on the redistricting in California that is forcing him to run against a fellow democrat.

Lynwood Councilwoman Maria Santillan Plans to run for Assembly Seat
Los Angeles Wave
Santillan, who has been the highest vote getter in every election since unseating former City Councilman Paul Richards in a recall election in 2003, has announced that she is running in the state’s new 63rd Assembly District. Lynwood is currently represented in the Assembly by Ricardo Lara in the 50th District, a seat held by Hector de la Torre, for six years prior to Lara. Santillan, who recently married her longtime sweetheart Raul Beas and has taken on a hyphenated last name, officially announced this week that she was running for the Assembly.

Congressional candidates stump in RV
The Ukiah Daily Journal
Chesbro announces his plan to run for reelection at Frey Vineyards' picnic. Five Democratic candidates looking to fill the North Coast congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Thompson after redistricting, were in Redwood Valley Monday getting to know local Democrats. Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, (D-Arcata), announced Monday he intends to run for reelection in his Assembly district, which now runs up the coast of California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon Border.

Candidates' loyalty gets upset in Valley
The Merced Sun-Star
Central Valley lawmakers once prided themselves on sticking together across party lines, even during campaign season. Now, not so much. When Colusa County Supervisor Kim Dolbow Vann announced her candidacy recently for a Sacramento Valley congressional seat, she touted the endorsements of two fellow Republicans currently serving in the House. The early backing by Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater, might help Dolbow Vann unsettle Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove. What it does for the relationship between Herger and Denham, on the one hand, and Garamendi, on the other, is something else altogether.

Berman Rolls Out Big-Name Endorsements
National Journal Magazine
The looming grudge match between California Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman heated up Wednesday, with Berman rolling out several big name endorsements in their seemingly unavoidable matchup next year. The two longtime Democrats have both indicated they'll run in the new 30th District as a result of redistricting. Berman announced that Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, neighboring Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, will serve as honorary co-chairs of his campaign.
Newly seated Rep. Hahn gets endorsement for new campaign
CNN Politics
Soon after Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn had settled in as the new congresswoman for California’s 36th District, it was slated for eradication. The district she was elected to serve was chopped up by redistricting–leaving Hahn to dust off her running shoes and launch a new congressional campaign. Thursday she received a boost from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, who endorsed her candidacy.

Sanchez will run for re-election in 38th
The Press-Telegram
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez announced she will run for re-election in the newly configured 38th Congressional District. Sánchez, 42, who was first elected to office in 2003 in the former 39th Congressional District, said she was happy for the chance to run in a district that still contains about half of her old district.

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla says she'll run for re-election in 2012
The San Francisco Chronicle
Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) announced today she will run for re-election in 2012. "I am honored, humbled and proud to represent this incredibly diverse and thriving district every day that I am in Sacramento and in the communities I represent," said Bonilla. "These are challenging and often difficult times in California, but we have made incredible strides forward, and I would be honored to keep that momentum going into 2012 and beyond." Assemblywoman Bonilla now represents California's 11th Assembly District in Northern Contra Costa County which will change a bit beginning in 2012 due to redistricting. It will be known as Assembly District 14.

Bilbray gets a challenger from the right
The North County Times
A conservative Republican with appeal to tea party supporters has entered the race for the new 52nd Congressional District, further clouding the re-election outlook for Rep. Brian Bilbray. Sixty-four-year-old John Stahl of Del Mar has established a campaign committee and website and says he is the conservative alternative to Bilbray, whom he calls a "Rino" ---- Republican in name only. Bilbray is running for the newly drawn district, which stretches from Coronado to La Jolla and inland to include Miramar and Poway.

GOP lawmakers in safe seats open to redraw
The Press-Enterprise
Inland lawmakers state Sen. Joel Anderson and Rep. Ken Calvert would seem to have had their prayers answered in the Senate and congressional remaps approved last month. Anderson, R-Alpine, lives in a redrawn district with nearly a 20-point Republican registration advantage. It includes Rancho Santa Fe, one of the wealthiest communities in the country and a major source of political cash. Calvert, R-Corona, lives in a redrawn district with a 16-point Republican registration advantage. His recent status as a potential Democratic target would become a thing of the past.

21st Assembly race ramps up after Berryhill exits
The Patterson Irrigator

State Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres announced this week that he will not run for the newly drawn 21st Assembly District but will instead move to Clements in eastern San Joaquin County and run in the newly drawn 5th Senate District. In doing so, he leaves open the Republican primary race for the 21st District, which encompasses the West Side of Stanislaus County and all of Merced County.

Lawson Brings Businesslike Approach to Congressional Race
Larkspur-Corte Madera Patch
“It’s important for me to run for Congress,” Lawson says, “because I really, really care about the welfare of people.” Trained as a chemical engineer, Lawson went on to Harvard Business School for an MBA. She subsequently launched several companies that made her rich during the 1990s tech boom. That enabled her to do the kind of philanthropy work that, perhaps inevitably, has led her to the race for the California 2nd.

Butler Asked to Run for 66th District
Redondo Beach Patch
More than 200 people have signed an online petition started by a Venice political organizer pledging campaign support for state Assemblywoman Betsy Butler if she runs in the new 66th Assembly District against tea party candidate Nathan Mintz. Butler, who defeated Mintz in 2010, currently represents the 53rd Assembly District—which includes Redondo Beach—that was recently carved up by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Reed seeks to unseat Herger; New 1st District will see rematch
Jim Reed, a Democrat lawyer from Fall River Mills, hopes a newly drawn district and a fresh campaign season will help him unseat U.S. Rep. Wally Herger, the entrenched Republican who bested him in the last election. The 61-year-old Reed, who will announce his candidacy officially Thursday at a series of campaign events in the new 1st Congressional District, said he believes he has a legitimate shot at unseating the 25-year incumbent in 2012.

Linda Sánchez, Grace Napolitano Pick New Districts to Pursue
Roll Call
With Rep. Grace Napolitano’s decision this week to run in the 32nd district east of Los Angeles, fellow California Democratic Rep. Linda Sánchez announced Thursday that she will run in the newly drawn 38th district. Until Thursday, Napolitano and Sánchez were caught in the Los Angeles logjam caused by the state’s independent redistricting commission, which redrew the state’s Congressional lines with no concern for incumbents. There will likely be three intraparty, Member-vs.-Member races in the Los Angeles area alone.


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