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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State News

Seismic Change for California?

This time around, no one in the enormous delegation can be certain of whether they will have cozy, unassailable districts when the new map is completed — or even where their districts will be.

Local redistricting commission member gets to work, lays out goals
San Jose Mercury News
One of 14 members on the new state Citizens Redistricting Commission, Barabba comes from an area that knows all too well the problems of poorly-drawn ...

And… Dan Walters suggests that one winner in “reform” is political fundraising

Campaign fundraising starts for Jeff Denham even before he's sworn in as ...
89.3 KPCC
Walters says that's because the stakes for California members are higher: their districts are going to be redrawn by an independent redistricting commission ...

Local News

Growing American Canyon may earn more clout
Vallejo Times-Herald
Redistricting must be completed by the end of 2011, and final boundary decisions will be made by the five supervisors, he said. The city's population was ...

Mark your Calendar

Common Cause will be hosting its first Redistricting California conference on January 25, 2011 at the California Endowment offices in LA.  The railroad themed agenda includes sessions called “All Aboard” and “Shoveling the Coal” among others.  Probably worth attending to see just how far the railroad analogies can go. Cost is only $25, but I will cover your fee if you show up in a conductor’s hat.


To register, take your boxcar to: www.commoncause.org/redistrictingCa

They will also be hosting a second conference in Northern California, potentially in March.  This one is promised to have a steamboat theme.