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Monday, April 25, 2011

 

Sinking Fast

The insider redistricting game has now officially begun with former Senate Pro Tem Don Perata suiting up for the home team.  According to Dan Morain, Perata is drawing lines for outside organizations and will propose a statewide map that will be better than the amateur-hour work of the state commission.

When the commission fails, as Senator Perata argues, he will be there with maps and his longtime consultant Sandi Polka.

That train wreck cannot be any worse than what is happening in San Diego where the city commission has to be on PR overdrive and opponents from the right are calling for the resignation of their Chief of Staff, who also happens to be the daughter of Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada.

How will this drama escalate when lines are actually drawn?

State

Insider Perata wants to get back in the game
Sacramento Bee
Don Perata is having a hard time saying goodbye. The former Senate leader was termed out of the Legislature in 2008 and lost his run for Oakland mayor last year. At age 65, Citizen Perata is looking for something to do, maybe make a little money. In his latest endeavor, the Democrat is taking aim at the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Drawing the Lines In California
KPCC
Nearly every state is required to redraw its congressional, senate and other districts between now and 2012, and the 14-member California Citizens’ Redistricting Commission is sharpening its pencils for the task. As one of only seven states with a citizen’s commission, California promises a number of very interesting outcomes as district lines and demographics shift.

National

Party’s Over

National Journal
Rep. Jeffrey Landry, R-La., a tea party favorite, beat a former state House speaker in the primary last year en route to winning his seat in Congress. Now, state legislators in the party establishment have exacted their revenge: When it came time to eliminate one of Louisiana’s congressional seats—required under this year’s reapportionment—they picked Landry’s.

Blacks’ migration to suburbs will have a big impact on congressional redistricting
Washington Post
Louisiana’s newly designed 2nd Congressional District doesn’t look like it makes much sense — one end of it starts in a tip just north of Baton Rouge, and from there it juts and jags its way more than 70 miles south and east past New Orleans, seemingly picking up random communities along the way.

Local

Left Hijacks “Non-Partisan” Redistricting in San Diego
Big Government
New revelations exposing how labor unions shamelessly rigged the “non-partisan” redistricting process in San Diego is providing case study for how the critical process of drawing legislative district lines can be hijacked by the radical left using multiple front groups.

'Mal-Governance' and Other Opinions on Redistricting

Voice of San Diego
Redistricting is heating up as an issue in San Diego. By which I mean that if redistricting were a grindstone, and you had an ax of any kind, you could grind it to a keen edge.

City’s high growth impacts county redistricting
Elk Grove Citizen
Although Elk Grove residents are unlikely to feel a big impact as Sacramento County embarks on its redistricting process, the city’s growth has made a big imprint throughout the county.

New Redistricting May Shake Up Sacramento City Council
Fox 40
“Not a lot of people know about this, and it is catching a lot of people off guard”

San Mateo County’s district boundaries on the move
San Francisco Examiner
Changing populations in some of San Mateo County’s largest cities could shift the boundaries of supervisor districts south as the first redistricting effort in a decade kicks off.

Pasadena reapportionment less about race
Pasadena Star-News
It's time to redraw City Council district lines, and many close to the process say the days of drafting electoral lines based on race are over. The Pasadena City Council is accepting applications and also making nominations for a committee that will be tasked with redrafting districts. The committee is expected to be formed by June and begin work in July.

County Turns To Internet For Redistricting Review
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Los Angeles County is relying heavily on the Internet and community outreach for its 2011 redistricting effort, including web tools that will let citizens draw their own boundaries for supervisorial districts. The first of a series of community meetings was held this week in Covina, designed to let citizens know how they can contribute ideas.