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Monday, April 25, 2011

 

Mo Districts, Mo Problems

The non-partisan redistricting process in San Diego was the model for our statewide system, but now it could be a warning.  The City is actually adding a ninth district, which means there shouldn't be any real losers. Nevertheless, attacks on the appointees, process, staff and family members shaped round one, and now outside groups are ramping up with more than $300,000 for the rest of the battle.  The partisan scuffle has been all over TV, traditional media, twitter, and the web… It is getting so intense I’m expecting someone to ask to see liberal mastermind Vince Hall’s Birth Certificate!

While San Diego finds crisis in an additional seat, the city of Elk Grove is peacefully dealing with a loss of a one.  The city has enormous population growth and a move from 5 to 4 districts.  Redistricting Partners will be kicking off their process with a Council meeting tonight and presentation of census changes and outreach plans.

And this Friday and Saturday, Nik Bonovich, formerly of the California Target Book and now working for Redistricting Partners, will have our twitter.com/@udrawthelines login and be live-tweeting from the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley.  Should be some tweets you don’t want to miss!

State

Redistricting commission to hold public hearings
Daily Breeze
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the independent panel created to redraw the state's political boundaries, will meet with the public Wednesday in Long Beach. The meeting in City Council Chambers will allow residents to provide testimony about their communities. The commission will use the information, along with new U.S. census data, to draw new congressional as well as state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization districts.

Keep Long Beach Together
Everything Long Beach
Every 10 years, after the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts, to reflect the new population data. Under new laws recently passed by voters, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission is now charged with drawing the boundaries of each electoral district.

From the Twitterverse

@SCVBreakingNews: SCV: No Date For The Redistricting Prom: Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender told the public, city staff and fellow counc... http://bit.ly/jxv8Uo

@TonyKrvaric: The first call for Midori Wong to resign. San Diegans sure deserve better. "The Real #Redistricting #Scandal" @sdnr http://ow.ly/4GB8s #tcot

@robertgarcialb: Sign my letter and tell the Redistricting Commission to keep Long Beach Together: http://www.robertgarcia.com/redistricting/index.html

@dbowen: @SLSmith I supported (+ voted for) giving redistricting responsibilities to a citizens commission.

@dbowen: @SLSmith I also cast a no vote (one of only two) on the current horribly gerrymandered state senate redistricting map! #CA36

Local

City to kick off redistricting process
Elk Grove Citizen
This redistricting process kicks off at the council’s April 27 meeting. The changes occur every 10 years after the U.S. Census counts Elk Grove’s residents and the city staff seeks to balance the number of residents in each district.  The city hired the Redistricting Partners firm to design proposed changes to the council map.

“The population changes in the city are rather astounding, and the added factor of reducing the council from five to four members makes it even more interesting,” Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners noted in an email and echoed a few days later during an interview with the Citizen.

As District Lines Are Drawn, a Quieter Grassroots Push
Voice of San Diego
Last week, the San Diego Foundation for Change announced almost $300,000 in funding to nonprofit groups that serve some of these communities. Its funding initiative, called Democracy For All, is based on the idea that "San Diego is changing before our eyes. But San Diego's political culture is yet to align with its new demographic profile," the nonprofit says on its website.

Redistricting meetings set for San Marcos, Solana Beach
North County Times
Want to help redraw some of North County's political boundaries?  If so, forums this week in San Marcos and Solana Beach are for you.

SCV: No Date For The Redistricting Prom
AM 1220
Mayor Pro Tem Laurie Ender told the public, city staff and fellow council members, “We have no date to the prom on this one yet.”  Ender was referring to the redrawing of district lines and rumors that the Antelope Valley and Ventura County may not want to include the Santa Clarita Valley in their plans.

L.A. County takes up district lines at meetings Tuesday and Wednesday
EGP News
Reapportionment of Los Angeles County’s five Board of Supervisor districts has begun in accordance with the U.S. Constitution that requires the process take place every 10 years following the Census.

County launches redistricting website, schedules public meetings
Lompoc Record
An updated county website to involve residents in this year's supervisorial redistricting process is up and running, and the county has scheduled a series of public meetings on the topic. Redistricting is required after each census to balance the population among the districts.

Merced supervisors to consider redistricting
Merced Sun-Star
Merced County supervisors will begin discussions on the redistricting of county election boundaries during its May 10 meeting. The board of supervisors will consider criteria for redistricting current supervisorial boundaries, as required by the California Elections Code.

Redistricting meeting draws sparse crowd, some heat
Mount Helix Patch
The redistricting hearings are drawing few residents from around the county so far, but one former congressional candidate took the opportunity Monday night to suggest that the redistricting would ultimately work to keep the five county supervisors in office.