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Friday, April 22, 2011

 

Just Stop It.

San Diego Redistricting continues to be where the real party is, with Republicans and Democrats all fighting over their independent commission’s independence or lack thereof.  The latest controversy has to do with an Assemblywoman moving chairs (dare she!) and a progressive blog producing the most entertaining redistricting FAQ that starts with the basics then wraps it up with an attack on conservatives, and in response to a Republican critique says "Just stop it..."

Around the rest of the state, local governments are getting ready to redraw their districts in a less dramatic fashion, and State Commission watchers are preparing for the next round of hearings, April 27th – 30th in Long Beach, LA City, San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley.  Outside of Palmdale and Lancaster, the County of LA only grew by 1.3% - so that should be a pretty easy redraw, right??

State

The California GOP's Attack on Redistricting Commission: New Chairman, Same Old Complaints
Steven Maviglio, Majority Report
Republicans are continuing to whine about the Citizen's Redistricting Commission that they helped create. This time it is newly elected CRP Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. Their ongoing beef: the Commission did not hire the Rose Institute to work as its technical consultants, an organization he himself describes as "Republican-leaning."

Officials ask for 1 valley, 1 district
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
If Santa Clarita City Council members Laurie Ender and Frank Ferry had their druthers, the SCV would share its legislative districts with the Antelope Valley or northern San Fernando Valley.

Local

Controversy Swirls Around Partisan Staffer of San Diego Redistricting Commission, Assemblywoman’s Daughter
Jon Fleischman, Flash Report
What is Assemblywoman Yamada (D-Davis) doing in Otay Mesa on a Wednesday night?  Touring the border?  Offering Northern California’s help on water issues?

The so-called independent redistricting commission
San Diego News Room
“I was more independent than any farmer in Concord,” Henry David Thoreau once said, “for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius.” Pity that the folks who appointed the members of the City of San Diego’s Independent Redistricting Commission neglected to consult their Thoreau.

Redistricting FAQ
Two Cathedrals
Done right, redistricting draws out the qualities and priorities that best describe our neighbors, neighborhoods and ourselves. By drawing districts around these qualities and priorities, we indirectly define the kind of individual we wish to elect to the San Diego City Council.

San Diego redistricting meeting draws a crowd
San Diego Union Tribune
More than 100 people packed the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library Tuesday night to tell a volunteer panel of seven San Diego voters how to split the city into nine evenly-populated City Council districts.

Citizens’ Redistricting Coming To San Diego
KPBS
Professor Alberto Pulido and community organizer Kendell Tylee walked up the stairs on the campus of the University of San Diego, headed to their Thursday afternoon class. The college-level course, called Race, Religion and Social Justice, brings together eight students, all of them women

New Redistricting may shakeup Sacramento City Council
Fox 40
Expect a big shakeup in Sacramento City Hall that will impact every member of the City Council and the people they represent.   You can blame the census. 

County May Redraw District's Boundaries
Cupertino Patch
Cupertino's county supervisorial district may change following California's law that requires counties to adjust boundaries based on the recently released results of the 2010 U.S. 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.

El Dorado looking at five possible realignments for supervisorial districts
Sacramento Bee

El Dorado County has released five new maps showing potential realignment of supervisorial districts following the 2010 Census.

Alameda County Launches Redistricting Website
San Leandro Patch
If you're curious about how upcoming redistricting efforts might affect your community, the good news is you can now track all the machinations of Alameda County's effort to stencils new boundaries for its five supervisorial districts at the county's official Redistricting 2011 website.

National

The Politics of Congressional Redistricting
Brookings
Following each decennial Census, states re-draw the boundaries of their voting districts, often to the benefit of one party over another. Some states which have lost population lose seats in the House of Representatives and some growing states gain. This highly-charged political process is taking place against a backdrop of fierce partisanship at the national and local levels at a time when sophisticated redistricting technology is widely available and when the decisions made by state governments will reverberate in the coming elections.