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Sunday, May 8, 2011


Start the Countdown

At times it seems like the redistricting season has barely started, but a month from now the Citizens Redistricting Commission should be releasing draft maps for Assembly, Senate, Congress and the BOE.  How “draft” these maps are is still to be seen.  The commission may be setting itself up for disaster depending on how this rollout occurs…

:: Are the maps just a loosely developed thought-piece?  If so, they could be putting out drafts that will draw the sting from cities, organizations, media and the political class for no reason.

:: Are the maps a close approximation of the final product?  If so, then are they going to have to get a vote of the commission to release the drafts?  Remember, to pass anything the commission must get 9 of the 14 members, with a majority of each grouping of Dem, Rep and DTS.  The more these maps are seen as a final deal, the harder it will be to get consensus. 

This week the Commission is getting away from these irritating questions and taking a tour of the resorts in Palm Springs, heading into San Marcos and San Diego.  Aaah… San Diego… where all this redistricting commission stuff began.  They must have a great and peaceful process down there.


Proposal merges Marin with East Bay congressional district
Marin Independent Journal
A law school class at Columbia University, coming up with a new twist on congressional districts, thinks Marin County belongs in a political jurisdiction that crosses the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to include Richmond, Pinole and other East Bay communities.

High anxiety for state’s polls
Colusa County Sun Herald
These are times of high anxiety for California politicians of all stripes who hold state or federal office anywhere below the statewide level. Even some city council members and county supervisors now quiver as they await possible grand opportunities.

Inland lawmakers launch aggressive fundraising effort
Riverside Press-Enterprise
Inland Southern California's congressional members don't know what their districts will look like when a state panel finishes drawing new political lines.  But that isn't stopping most of them from launching aggressive fundraising efforts in advance of what is expected to be a wild 2012 election season.

Citizens take redistricting debate before the council
Ridgecrest Daily Independent
Even with three items on this week’s city council meeting agenda, the topic of the night continuously shifted to the May 1 California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) hearing in Lancaster. Comments from both the council and the public brought on a slew of support to remain status quo and allow Ridgecrest to remain with Kern County.

Don’t split communities, panel hears
Riverside Press-Enterprise
The state's Citizens Redistricting Commission heard pleas from dozens of residents from throughout Southern California on Thursday night about how best to redraw political boundaries.

Same games, new players in state’s redistricting
Marysville Appeal Democrat
It was a corrupt system that allowed back-room politicking to redraw every 10 years California's boundaries for congressional, legislative and other districts. Legislators redrew lines to ensure reelection and protect their political parties.


Herb Wesson talks Leadership and Redistricting
The City Maven
Perhaps a more pressing issue for the Tenth District councilman, who was reelected in March, is redistricting. Los Angeles’ redistricting commission will have 21 members – three appointed by the mayor, two appointed by Garcetti and one appointed by each of the city council members, plus controller and city attorney.

Ethics complaint filed against Councilmember Lorie Zapf and immediately dismissed
San Diego City Beat
A community activist has filed a formal complaint against San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf with the city's Ethics Commission, alleging she improperly interfered with a redistricting software contract.

Redistricting our community
Gay San Diego
Last Monday night, more than 160 people attended the San Diego 2010 Redistricting Commission In-District 3 Hearing on El Cajon Boulevard, where the District 3 LGBT Redistricting Task Force presented a proposal for the 2010 District 3 map.

Map simplifies current Shasta County supervisorial districts
Redding Record Searchlight
About 5,600 Shasta County residents would be voting in new supervisorial districts under a proposed redistricting plan released Friday.  Cathy Darling-Allen, Shasta County clerk and registrar of voters, said the key changes in the five supervisors' district boundaries would include…

Revising county supervisor districts
Santa Maria Times
The Santa Maria Valley has grown so much since the 2000 census that the Santa Barbara County supervisor district boundaries require major changes. The law requires political agencies that are divided into districts must have equal numbers of people.

County redistricting committee to meet
The Ukiah Daily Journal
Has plans to meet in outlying areas.  The eight-person committee tasked with redrawing the boundaries of Mendocino County's five supervisor districts plans to meet in outlying areas to gather public input.

Riverside County should have a Latino supervisor

Palm Springs Desert Sun
Here's a question: If 45.5 percent of Riverside County residents are Latino and half the population is female, why is it represented by five white guys?

District lines will change in Calaveras
Calaveras Enterprise
Calaveras County grew between the 2000 and 2010 census, but it may have been a bit lopsided, according to census data. The Board of Supervisors will hold a study session Tuesday to determine what that means for district boundaries.

Supervisors hear redistricting report based on census 2010 data
Lake Tahoe Lakeside News
After receipt of data from the federal Census 2010 in late March, Placer County has begun the process of modifying supervisorial districts to reflect population changes. The Board of Supervisors this week held a workshop where they received a report from the County’s Community Development/Resource Agency on how supervisorial district boundaries will need to be changed to comply with state and federal law.