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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

 

Is “The Community” a “Community of Interest?”

The results are in, and the first casualty of the 2011 redistricting process is the only openly gay legislator in New Jersey who was drawn out of his seat.  To commemorate this, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission scheduled their San Francisco hearing to coincide with the city’s Gay Pride parade (now being rescheduled to avoid the irony).  But all this debate will not divert the media’s attention from the real issue at hand: what is Tony Quinn is thinking this week?

And in news for only the most techie redistricting folks, Political Data Inc has announced that their extensive California voterfile will be available for use in Maptitude.  You can visit their site here or look through at all the fields here.  You know you’re dying to map high propensity Armenian primary voters with an overlay of Domestic Partners, Green Party members and incumbents!

State

Redistricting out of lawmakers’ hands
San Mateo Daily Journal
With census figures out, the state is moving quickly to redraw district lines for Assembly, state Senate and Congress in a way it has never done it before — a way meant to protect the public’s interest rather than a powerful incumbent’s seat.

Political redistricting meeting or Pride Parade — choose one
San Francisco Examiner

When setting up what could be a heated public meeting in San Francisco about redrawing the state’s political boundaries, you might want to invite The City’s sizable — and politically active — gay population.

Opinion: Redistricting commission showing political bias
Tony Quinn in Mercury News
There was great hope when this commission was formed that it would correct the outrageous districts that have denied Californians fair elections, and I know the Mercury News was a strong supporter of this reform. The Mercury News would better serve its readers by taking seriously charges of commission bias rather than simply dismissing them as "right-wing paranoia."

The Redistricting Commission Channels Lady Macbeth
Fox & Hounds
Thank goodness for the redistricting commission. In rough times like these, we sure do need some mindless drama and cheap comedy. And the commission keeps delivering.

Citizens, give redistricters your views
Modesto Bee
Through two state propositions in recent years, California voters said very clearly they wanted citizens rather than politicians drawing the boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts. We supported both those measures on the grounds it will improve the chances that the districts reflect communities of interest rather than those of politicians and parties.

From the Twitterverse

@udrawthelines: First political casualty of 2010 redistricting?  New Jersey's only openly gay legislator drawn out of his seat in final plan. #wakeupcall

@BacteriaBear: Hoping that the Citizens Redistricting Commission will draw me into the doorway of the Lt. Governor @gavinnewsom -- Grrrr!!!

Local

Public can submit county redistricting plans
North County Times
Want to redraw San Diego County's political boundaries? Members of the public can now submit plans and suggestions for how the county Board of Supervisors' five districts should line up for the next decade.

Supes work to meet tight redistricting deadline
Hanford Sentinel
Kings County supervisors will be asked Tuesday to push the process of redrawing county supervisorial districts forward to meet a November deadline.

Mayor to county: Don’t divide Manteca again
Manteca Bulletin
Mayor Willie Weatherford wants to end Manteca’s status as a divided city when it comes to representation on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

County gets glimpse of what local redistricting may look like
Santa Cruz Sentinel
New census figures show Santa Cruz County's political boundaries should shift subtly to the east. Released last month, the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau count shows how populations have shifted within each of the county's five supervisorial districts. A report to be presented to the county's Board of Supervisors today offers a hint of what redrawn boundaries might look like.

Supervisors' districts to be redrawn to balance growth
Ventura County Star

An effort to redraw the boundaries of Ventura County's supervisorial districts is expected to get under way in the wake of new census results. The 2010 Census showed 17 percent growth in the Oxnard-based district represented by John Zaragoza and 11 percent in the Simi Valley-based district represented by Peter Foy. The other three districts also grew in population, but their shares declined because of the bigger jumps in Zaragoza's and Foy's areas.