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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

For summaries of population for state Legislative and Congressional lines based on yesterday’s census release, see http://redistrictingpartners.com/census-2010-summaries/

 

State

Census may shift political power in California to minorities and the interior
Los Angeles Times
Traditional coastal strongholds like Los Angeles will lose clout along with the large number of minorities who have moved inland. Non-whites may see more opportunities in the Legislature and Congress as areas are redistricted.

Redrawing political boundaries may consolidate desert districts

The Desert Sun
With Riverside County's population boom and the state requirement that like-communities are kept together, there's speculation that the desert will no longer be split across districts but instead covered by one Assembly member, one senator and one member of Congress.  “They're big, big changes,” said Jim Battin, a former state lawmaker from La Quinta whose legislative district was affected in the last redistricting.

Bay Area's growth at a crawl

TheReporter.com
The nine-county region reached a population of 7.15 million people, a growth rate of 5.4 percent since the last census in 2000. It was a big change from the 1990s, when the region grew by more than 12 percent.  The region added about 367,000 people in the last decade. Not since the 1930s has the Bay Area added so few people in a decade.

Census shows big gains by Asian Americans, Latinos
San Francisco Chronicle
"What you're seeing is the future, a growth trend in the communities of color that we expect to continue," said Michelle Romero, a redistricting fellow at the Greenlining Institute, a public policy group.

Inland Southern California in store for political gains
Press-Enterprise
California's political landscape lurched to the east Tuesday as new census numbers point to a major increase in representation for Inland Southern California over the next decade.

Dan Walters: Census data will bring a big shift
Sacramento Bee
The public's adverse reaction to the insider deal, however, led to a 2008 ballot measure that shifted legislative redistricting to an independent "citizens' commission" and a 2010 measure that added congressional seats to its duties.

Local

Editorial: Redistricting panel serves cause of trust
Record-Searchlight
In government, the trust that transparency fosters is its own reward — even if it doesn't make a dollar's worth of difference to the outcome. That makes the Shasta County Board of Supervisors' decision to name an independent panel to oversee the ...

Sacramento region grows at double state's rate, census shows
Sacramento Bee
"There was faster growth in the inland areas, so we'll be looking at districts that are shifting to the east compared to what we saw 10 years ago," said Angelo Ancheta, a Bay Area member of the new citizens redistricting committee.

Supervisors can't relinquish redistricting power, attorney says
North County Times
It would take a change in state law for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to relinquish its increasingly unique power to redraw its own political boundaries, a county attorney explained on Tuesday.

Government Comes to Its Census: San Anselmo Shrinks, Fairfax Grows
San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch
The U.S. Census Bureau released data for California today, used to determine possible political redistricting in the state. And, while the rest of the state (and country) are growing in population, we simply aren't.

National

Groups Seek 2012 Repeat of ‘Year of the Woman’
Roll Call
A redistricting year might mean the end of a safely drawn Congressional seat or a looming primary battle between two House incumbents for some. But for female politicians, a redistricting year has historically given them better odds at being elected to Congress.

WILLIAMS: New racial order: Hispanics can dare to change political game
The Hill
Reapportionment is always political, with Democrats and Republicans trying to redraw the lines of representation to their own advantage. But the startling rise in Hispanic population revealed in the 2010 census is creating an alarming new structure in which minorities get less, not more, voice in Congress.