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Wednesday, April 20, 2011


The Circus Heads to San Diego

In a mild week for statewide redistricting, San Diego is now taking the lead for the most controversial redistricting.  The citywide redistricting process that inspired the nonpartisan state redistricting commission is now having to respond to attacks from Republicans.  This battle quickly spread beyond Twitter to the mainstream media... and in San Diego that means the nightly news.   

The only thing San Diego needs now is a round of commentary from Tony Quinn and Steve Maviglio!

In other local government redistricting, Sacramento County came out with five district maps for the County, and while the County of Riverside will take longer, the local media down there has the time to draw maps for them.  Props to data geek Jim Miller for these.


Caesar’s Wife and the Redistricting Commission
Tom Del Beccaro, Fox and Hounds
As we all know, integrity is far more easily maintained than recovered. Voters passed Propositions 11 and 20 in the hopes that the new Redistricting Commission would be like Caesar’s wife -- above suspicion. Having ignored the transparency demanded of this important process, the Commission risks disappointing voters as another attempt at pure democracy could well fall a victim to partisan philandering.

Redistricting commission to hold Southern California hearings
Los Angeles Times
Public hearings will be held on April 27 in Long Beach, April 28 in Los Angeles, April 29 in San Gabriel, April 30 in San Fernando, May 1 in Lancaster, May 5 in Norco and May 6 in Santa Ana. Additional information can be found at the commission’s website.

County supervisors to request local meeting on redistricting; draft letter says rural counties cannot be lumped together
Eureka Times-Standard
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors may approve a letter on Tuesday encouraging the Citizens Redistricting Commission to schedule a local stop as it travels throughout the state gathering public input on redistricting.

A more transparent future for area politics
Pacific Coast Business Times
The 14-member Independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission brought its public road show to San Luis Obispo on April 13, drawing a wide range of views about how to reconfigure the political landscape of the Tri-Counties.

Redistricting Direction Added To City Council Agenda
The Santa Clarita City Council will take up the topic of redistricting at their regularly scheduled meeting April 26 with the goal of expressing the city’s position at upcoming Citizens Redistricting Commission hearings.

From the Twitterverse

@EmpowerSanDiego: Empower San Diego Repudiates Inaccurate KUSI Report on City Redistricting http://fb.me/XbB5IS42

@tommymitchell: @EmpowerSanDiego releases lying press release which refutes their lies. http://tinyurl.com/3wpssyt (expand) #bagbiglabor

@LorenaSGonzalez: @TonyKrvaric Carl is a sitting councilman who is not supposed to interfere w city redistricting. Why is he? Your silence is deafening.

@EastBayLarry: Geesh! You think CA is blue enough? Just got back from county GOP meeting and heard what the lib/dems are doing re redistricting!


Controversy surrounds latest redistricting effort
Seven largely unknown San Diegans have been quietly re-mapping the political landscape of the city, and in the process they will carve out a new 9th City Council district. It's called "redistricting," and its history in this city is filled with controversy.

San Diego redistricting underway
San Diego News Room
The San Diego City Council’s eight districts will soon be redrawn and divided into nine districts, which will affect the political, cultural and social landscape of the voting districts for the next 10 years.

Everybody Counts in Redistricting Process
Voice of San Diego
This fall, San Diego's eight City Council districts will look different. A new ninth district will be created. And by getting involved now, San Diegans have a chance to influence the way we elect our council members for the next ten years.

Sacramento County's 5 options for redistricting
Sacramento Bee
Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine's office has drawn five proposed district maps with each one containing new boundaries for the five county supervisors. The Department of Voter Registration and Elections draws new supervisorial districts every 10 years to reflect population changes measured in the census.

Public can weigh in on redistricting map
Riverside Press Enterprise
Riverside County grew the fastest of any California county during the past decade, and now officials have the task of dividing 2.19 million people into five supervisorial districts.

Supervisor Don Nottoli's District 5 Could Lose More Than 70,000 Residents
Elk Grove Patch
Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine's office has released five redistricting proposals, each shows that District 5 Supervisor Don Nottoli could lose more than 70,000 residents from his district after the redistricting process concludes this summer.

Panel to take 3rd District remap to Menifee
North County Times
A panel redrawing county district boundaries prepared Monday for a series of three public meetings, including one in the heart of a Southwest County community that could see a big change.