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Monday, April 4, 2011

 

Last Week’s Arguments, Last Year’s Legislators

The overwhelming storyline continues to be reverberations of the insider flap over who the commission has hired, this time with Peter Schrag leading the charge into last week’s news.   But the San Mateo Journal isn’t satisfied with last week.  They are digging further back, enlisting former legislators Mullin and Keeley for their thoughts, along with former candidate Mike Nevin to discuss the famous Papan redistricting deal.  And the Twittersphere is getting a bit more interesting – maybe because people know that funny redistricting tweets get reprinted here, three times a week, in the Redistricting Report.

State

On Redistricting, Republican Tony Quinn is More Wrong Than Right
Steve Maviglio for the Majority Report
I am going to shock everyone who follows this blog by agreeing with Republican Tony Quinn about a redistricting matter. As part of his ongoing temper tantrum because the new Citizens Redistricting Commission did not do what he wanted to skew the process toward the GOP, Quinn has scribed about how the Commission’s effort to hire a Voting Rights Act (VRA) attorney has not exactly been the picture of government efficiency. And on this point he is correct.

Redistricting: Tempest in a Teapot
Peter Schrag in California Progress Report
The system was crafted to appear as non-political (impartial? non-partisan?) as possible. The commissioners were supposed to be as pure as the driven snow, people who hadn’t been engaged in any partisan or lobbying activity for at least a decade, meaning that they were likely to be political innocents. But as the recent attacks indicate, that may always have been a vain hope.

Political redistricting begins
North County Times
The results of the 2010 Census are in and the evidence is clear: Latinos accounted for much of the population growth in North County, as it did in much of the state and the country. Latinos are now 1 out of every 4 residents in North County and nearly 1 in 3 residents in San Diego County. The question now is whether those numbers will mean anything when it comes to the central purpose of the once-in-a-decade count: redistricting.

Redistricting out of Lawmakers Hands

San Mateo Daily Journal
“I am a believer in having voters choose their representatives and not the other way around as has historically been the case, so this new process is promising,” Mullin said.  Mullin hopes South San Francisco remains part of San Mateo County legislative and congressional districts and not “pulled” into a San Francisco-dominated district.

S.J. officials to citizens redistricting panel: Make us whole
Stockton Record
Officials hope to distill local political clout by recommending a new set of political boundaries that center on San Joaquin County. The county became the state's first this week to pass a resolution recommending a course of action for the new California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

How things shape up
Stockton Record
Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, who's not a big fan of the state's new redistricting commission, said he loves his district just like it is.

Good luck with that, Cardoza.

State redistricting panel coming to Marysville
Marysville Appeal Democrat
In drawing new political boundaries for 2012 and beyond, a state commission is charged with preserving "communities of interest." What does that mean? State residents, including those in Yuba-Sutter, will get to define the term when the commission visits next month.


Editorial: Redistricting panel's critics should give it a chance
Sacramento Bee
California's redistricting commission is getting assaulted from all sides.

None of it is warranted, at least not yet. The 14-member commission is made up of Democrats, Republicans and people who decline to state a party preference. They're not neophytes. Nor are they party hacks. They are like most Californians. They care about their state, see that aspects of it are broken, and want to help repair it.

Editorial: Redistricting commission needs input
Fresno Bee
As California's independent redistricting commission gets closer to drawing boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, the politicians have begun trying to undermine the process. We shouldn't be surprised. They don't like a fair system of elections that make them more accountable to voters.

From the Twittersphere

@jboren4507: Shouldn't surprise you that the politicians are undermining citizens redistricting process: http://tinyurl.com/3up24bn

@chadromig: "the most important redistricting for California since the Civil War." Redistricting coming to #Marysville http://bit.ly/gwh1yw

@blogsoftheworld: "You will have political blood on the floor everywhere. That's what redistricting is. It's... http://reduce.li/vyrm3b #political

Local

Supervisors could play favorites in redistricting
Orange County Register
Orange County’s Board of Supervisors could make it easier for their allies to get elected when they draw the new lines for their districts – but some say it would be so obvious that such monkey business is unlikely.

Where will you draw the lines?
San Bernardino Sun
In the coming months, San Bernardino County residents might have a chance to draw their own proposed boundaries for the county's five supervisorial districts, and they might be able to do so from their own living rooms. As they prepare to draw new district boundaries - a process that happens every 10 years - county supervisors say they are looking into purchasing an online program that would let county residents draw new districts themselves.

Could Census Bring A New County Supervisor to the Mountain?
The Mountain Enterprise
Census figures show that 21,000 people must be moved out of Kern County’s District 4 in order to balance the five supervisorial districts. In the process of redrawing the lines, Mountain Community residents will have a chance to participate in workshops this month on how the changes may affect this area.

Contra Costa Times editorial: East Bay supervisor boundaries must be logical and fair
Contra Costa Times
This is the year for redistricting. Following the results of the U.S. Census every 10 years, political boundaries are redrawn to adjust for population shifts and ensure that elected representatives have roughly equal numbers of constituents.

EID launches complex redistricting
Mountain Democrat
Redistricting the El Dorado Irrigation District is more comprehensive in its approach than county government’s. It needs to be, because it is inherently more complex.  The district’s map of its five political divisions is described by District Counsel Tom Cumptson as a Swiss cheese map because of all the chunks of land within each division that are not part of the district.