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Friday, April 29, 2011

 

Like, Totally Bitchen Maps Dude

This week the San Fernando Valley group VICA entered the redistricting debate with a big push to get more representation for the Valley.  Redistricting Partners was proud to help them develop their program and this site which includes some very cool census maps of every community in the SFV

Of course, anyone entering the debate should be prepared for the worst.  Yes, again, we’re talking about San Diego.  Would someone draw some districts down there so we have something real to debate about, PLEASE?!? 

The next CRC hearing is tonight in San Gabriel, with Nik Bonovich taking over the twitter.com/udrawthelines account for some snarky livetweeting from the event. 

State

Give valley communities a voice
Stuart Waldman for Los Angeles Daily News
This year ordinary citizens will have the opportunity to have a voice in a process that has historically been dominated by politics. After each census, state and congressional district boundaries are redrawn and, this time around, the decisions are being made by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Redistricting Commission gets down to business
Los Angeles Daily News
After weathering some early controversy, the independent commission in charge of remapping California's legislative districts is getting its show on the road. The 14 members of the state's Citizens Redistricting Commission have begun a "listening tour" to field residents' suggestions about where to draw district lines to keep from splitting communities.

Redistricting Commission to hold area hearings

Los Angeles Wave
The 14 people given the task of redrawing district lines for California’s state legislative and congressional districts (as well as the four districts that make up the state Board of Equalization) want to know what the people think.

Council sets agenda for redistricting push
Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Santa Clarita’s elected officials say they’ll push for the SCV to remain undivided among legislative and congressional districts while taking a more flexible approach to the communities they hope will share their district. Other local officials, namely the community college district and the Castaic Lake Water Agency boards, also weighed in on districting issues during their respective regular meetings Wednesday.

San Gabriel next stop for state redistricting committee
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
This week California's Citizens Redistricting Commission stops in the San Gabriel Valley, where the challenges of re-imagining community lines are expected to take shape around dramatic demographic and population shifts. During a public hearing at the San Gabriel Playhouse Friday, commissioners are hoping to gather input from residents about how they view themselves and their connections to their neighbors.

Electoral surprises loom in 2012 with new districts
Captiol Weekly
Next year, the first time since 1992 that legislative and congressional candidates will run in districts not drawn by politicians, there likely will be races in which more districts are competitive, local GOP fundraising efforts are hampered and organized labor may get heavily involved in Republican primaries.

Redistricting: Why it matters and how you can help
Flash Report
Local hearings will allow citizens to participate in drawing new legislative lines. Every ten years, Americans participate in a census, and after we get the results of that population count, every state and every county has to re-draw the lines that determine representation in Congress, the state legislature, county supervisor offices, and any other political subdivision that is drawn into districts based on population.  Historically, the lines have been drawn by politicians in Sacramento, based primarily on their own self-interest. 

Political borders praised, blasted
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Some residents of Long Beach and surrounding cities made pleas Wednesday evening to keep the existing boundaries of legislative and congressional districts, while others asked to end 20 years of gerrymandering.

Redistricting – Why it matters and how you can help
Murrieta Patch
Every ten years, Americans participate in a census, and after we get the results of that population count, every state and every county has to re-draw the lines that determine representation in Congress, the state legislature, county supervisor offices, and any other political subdivision that is drawn into districts based on population.  Historically, the lines have been drawn by politicians in Sacramento, based primarily on their own self-interest.

Redistricting may help South Bay Assembly candidates
Bay Area Reporter
The decennial redistricting process could benefit two openly gay South Bay lawmakers expected to run for the state Assembly in 2012. Openly gay Campbell City Councilman Evan Low is already running for the 24th Assembly District seat, which will be vacated due to term limits next year by Jim Beall (D-San Jose). Also eyeing a bid for the Assembly seat is out Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager , who formed an exploratory committee as he weighs his options.

SCV: No date for the redistricting prom
KHTS 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.

Local

Remapping of Elk Grove Begins
Felicia Mello, Patch
“The population changes in the city are rather astounding,” said Paul Mitchell of Sacramento-based Redistricting Partners. “All over the state you have Latinos and Asians increasing in numbers, but Elk Grove is not just following the overall state pattern. You have neighborhoods where the Latino, Asian and African-American population has increased 300, 400, 600 percent. That puts Elk Grove in the position where they’re not just having a tweak of their existing districts but a real remapping of the city.”

San Diego Redistricting
KMFB - 760 AM
This morning San Diego’s newest local radio talk show host Mike Slater covered not only the latest developments in the ongoing San Diego redistricting commission scandal, but also a more in-depth background on how the commission came to be, and how what was supposed to be a non-partisan affair has turned into a circus.

Asian-Pacific Islander community seeks seat at the table
KUSI
San Diego's growing Asian-Pacific Islander community wants a voice in city government, and they've set their sights on the yet-to-be-drawn 9th City Council District. That was the topic at a luncheon in Kearny Mesa on Tuesday. KUSI's Steve Bosh was there and files this report.

Small San Marcos crowd speaks out on redistricting
North County Times
A small but vocal crowd in San Marcos spoke out Wednesday night on San Diego County's redistricting process, a once-a-decade effort that reshapes the political boundaries of the Board of Supervisors.

Sacramento opens redistricting to citizens via free online app
Sacramento Bee
The City of Sacramento, California, is opening its redistricting process to the public with the help of a free online tool built on Esri technology. Now through May 16, the City of Sacramento Redistricting Online application enables anyone to develop new district boundaries for consideration by the city's redistricting citizen advisory committee, which will make recommendations to the city council.

Contra Costa unveils redistricting map drafts
Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa will officially fire the starting gun in the supervisorial redistricting debate on Tuesday, but I wrangled some advance copies of the four concept maps the Board of Supervisors will use to launch the discussion.

County schedules public hearings on supervisorial districts
Santa Barbara Noozhawk
Santa Barbara County announced Tuesday the launch of an updated county website and a series of public meetings to involve residents in the supervisorial redistricting process taking place during 2011.

Public input wanted in county’s redistricting
anewscafe.com
Local redistricting efforts are underway in Shasta County and the community's participation is welcome, Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen announced this week.

Redistricting plan goes back to drawing board after Oxnard protests split
Ventura County Star
A plan that would split Oxnard among four county supervisors was strongly opposed Tuesday by a crowd that turned out for the first public hearing on the plan.