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Monday, April 11, 2011

 

Buzz Kill

The Redistricting Commission hearings continue this week with trips to the Central Valley, presumably to find those new Legislative and Congressional seats that are supposed to be popping up there soon.  And with the march of the commission comes the inevitable set of stories about how people are both vacating and running for seats that do and don’t exist.  “Senator Schrodinger, your district is over here… and… it is over there.”

And if it’s Senator Barleycorn you are huddling with tomorrow night, and EVERYONE you bump into wants to tell you something about redistricting, then you’ve gone to the wrong bar.  Of course, the alternative is to go to Hanford and Bakersfield for two days of hearings about what part of the Central Valley is like the other part of the Central Valley.  (As someone born and raised in Los Angeles, that’s an easy answer.)

State

California incumbents safe no more?
Politico
For the past decade, a spot in the California House delegation has been one of the coziest gigs in Congress, offering unparalleled job security for the state’s 53 Republicans and Democrats. Few incumbents have faced competitive races for reelection. Fewer still have actually lost — just one member has been defeated since 2006.

Redistricting commissioners: Show up Thursday
Bakersfield Californian
When voters created the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, they bought into the idea that taking control of drawing state Senate, Assembly and U.S. Congressional boundaries from politicians was a good way to shake up government.

Redistricting poses challenge to candidates pondering a 2012 run
LA Times
Since mid-October, Brian C. Johnson has spent evenings and weekends meeting with voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district, seeking endorsements and raising money for an election that is more than a year away.

Commission looks at new boundaries
Santa Maria Times
Look up the definition of “gerrymandering” — the practice of drawing district boundaries to enhance the power of a political party — in the dictionary, and you might find the map of a Central Coast assembly or senate district. This week, California is beginning a process to draw up “non-partisan” district boundaries with the first public hearings held by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Marin may have a lot at-stake in redistricting
Marin Independent Journal
The most anticipated California political event of this year will be the June 10 unveiling of new legislative districts crafted by the voter-mandated Citizens Redistricting Commission. Everyone in politics knows that redistricting is a very big deal. The outcome determines political life or death. It's a truism that the boundaries of legislative districts predetermine the result of every election.

Redistricting may shift Marin's lines and politicians
Marin Independent Journal
WHILE the battle of the budget continues in Sacramento with few signs of early resolution, another drama will soon unfold which will determine the fate of political office holders throughout the state and nation.

Political lines that define
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
When lawmakers last drew new district lines after the 2000 Census, they divided the Santa Clarita Valley between two state Senate districts, confusing voters — as evidenced by the recent state Senate special election — and weakening SCV residents’ influence in Sacramento.

State Redistricting Commission Hearings this Week

April 13th- Region 5 San Luis Obisbo 6PM-9PM Board of Supervisors Chambers 1055
Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

April 14th- Region 6 Bakersfield 6PM-9PM City Hall, South, 1501 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

April 15th- Region 6 Hanford (Section 5) 6PM-9PM College of Sequoias, 925 13th Ave.
Between Lacey and Grangeville Hanford Campus, Hanford, CA 93230

April 16th- Region 6 Merced (Section 5) 2PM-5PM CRC provides regional wrap-up.
Merced County Admin Building, 2222 M St., Merced, CA 95340

National

The GOP’s Odd Redistricting Dilemma
National Journal
In theory, Republicans hold all the cards in the high-stakes gamble known as redistricting, which this year is attracting unprecedented money, litigation, and public scrutiny.

Local

Solano County supervisors to mull redistricting
Vacaville Reporter
More people live in Solano County and district lines must change to reflect the population growth. Results from the April 1, 2010, census show that 18,802 more people live within Solano County than 10 years ago. In 2000, 394,542 people lived in the county and that number is now 413,344.

Political fortunes hinge on shape of new districts
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Sonoma County supervisors are set to begin work Tuesday on a months-long process of redrawing their district boundaries to reflect 2010 Census figures. The step is required by state law and happens every 10 years to rebalance population growth among various legislative districts.

Boundary panel prepares for meetings across county
North County Times
The panel that will help reshape San Diego County's political boundaries agreed on Monday to hold off on any committee-driven line shifting until a series of public meetings are completed early next month. Panelist Deanna Weeks of Alpine indicated she's ready to submit ideas for expanding Supervisor District 2, which includes the Ramona and Poway areas and is represented by Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

Supervisors mull redrawing district lines
San Mateo Daily Journal
When it comes to divvying up the county’s land and voters, the Board of Supervisors draws the line. And, based on the most recent national census data, those lines might need some adjustment.