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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

 

A Rose by Any Other Name

As the Citizen’s Commission continues it’s meandering through the state, the model used by the state commission is stuck in San Diego, and things aren’t looking so great.  They are facing controversy over their choice of line drawer (Rose Institute v. anyone else), their hiring practices (a Democrat, geesh), and the commission membership (more Democrats...). 

Fortunately at the state level we have friends on the East Coast who will draw our lines.  Whether it is Columbia Law or the Cook Report, we can rest assured that someone who isn’t tainted by actually living here will provide us with a clear path to the August 15th Deadline.

Until then…

State

Redistricting stirs Marin debate: San Francisco or Sonoma
Marin Independent Journal
Insiders say Marin County faces the short end of the stick if a state commission maps out new political boundaries that allow San Francisco to swallow North Bay legislative districts.  "Bay Area districts don't cross the Bay Bridge or Golden Gate," Democratic consultant Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners said.

LDF Testifies in Support of Legislation Banning Prison-Based Gerrymandering in ...
Sacramento Bee
But during previous redistricting cycles, California has counted prison populations where they are incarcerated, rather than at their home addresses, which artificially inflates population numbers – and thus, political influence.

Locals hope SCV kept in one district
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
State commissioners working to redraw California’s electoral map asked local residents Sunday, the second day of their information-gathering tour, to describe the Santa Clarita Valley’s growth.

When city hall speaks, Citizens Redistricting Commission listens
KHTS AM 1220
The Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) is sharpening their pencils to start redrawing district lines. However, before they put the lines down in pen, they’re holding public meetings for cities like Santa Clarita to express their position.

Identity politics shade public hearing on San Gabriel Valley redistricting
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Over 100 people showed up at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on Friday night to offer their vision of how new legislative district maps ought to take shape in a region critics say has become the most gerrymandered in the state.

Running for office without a district
NBC Los Angeles
For would be-political candidates in California, 2011 must be shaping up as a surreal experience. They want to campaign, but they don't know where.

From the Twitterverse

@MattRexroad Forget Washington. I want @Dennis_Kucinich to run in Cali. Come to SF Congressman. The Pelosi district would love you.

@sosweho Sounds like #wedrawthelines is now saying #judgesdrawthelines http://bit.ly/j1DPhK

@stevenmaviglio: If Gaines wins AD4 w < 10% in solid GOP dist w/ big $ adv, high name ID means #cagop #cabudget position trouble 4 #cagop w #redistrictingca

National

Dennis Kucinich May Want a Congressional Seat in Washington State
Dennis isn't going down without a fight. He will find a district to lead, be it here, or perhaps in Washington state, or at your niece's tea table with her stuffed animals. Really. "I intend to stay in Congress. I just don't know where my district will be," he likes to say.

Local

Redistricting Commission’s Contracting Practices Scrutinized
Voice of San Diego
For weeks, San Diego's Redistricting Commission has been looking for help. The influential board is charged with using Census data and public input to redraw the boundaries of San Diego's City Council districts. But it needs someone to do the heavy lifting, to take all that input and the dense population numbers and actually draw the maps it will then consider.

Morning Report: Redistricting Contract Snafu
Voice of San Diego
San Diego's Redistricting Commission has rejected proposals from firms who had hoped to help it redraw the city's political boundaries, saying they didn't meet all the necessary qualifications.

City begins redistricting process
Elk Grove Citizen
The contracted provider of redistricting services for the city of Elk Grove said at the Elk Grove City Council's April 27 meeting that the process of changing the council's districts will involve more than just moving a few lines.

Redistricting could dilute supervisors’ political base
Sacramento Bee
All five Sacramento County supervisors stand to lose some of their political base in this year's redistricting.

Community Members call for greater minority representation in public redistricting hearing
San Diego News Room
San Diegans voiced their opinions about the redistricting process at the first and only citywide weekend public hearing Saturday at the Balboa Park Club.

Supervisors consider Martinez split in redistricting plans
Martinez Patch
In a couple of months, the boundaries for the Contra Costa County supervisorial districts could look a lot different.