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Monday, May 16, 2011


On the Road Again

The State Commission follows the Tour of California bike race this week, with stops in Auburn, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Salinas and San Jose.  The Commission will undoubtedly have less action, fewer spectators, no breakaways, and only a few major pileups along the way.

This is also the last week before the big storm.  Groups will be releasing their plans starting next Wednesday.  Which legislators will be drawn in together, which will get their coveted Congressional districts?  The major organizations will make their plans known, and we will report on those in a couple special releases of the redistricting report next week.

State

Public weighs in on redistricting map
Palm Springs Desert Sun
Coachella Valley residents interested in how the local political landscape might be reshaped urged a state commission to consolidate the nine desert cities under the same legislative districts.

California Citizens Redistricting Commission should respect our unique community
Palm Springs Desert Sun
In March 1812, a Boston Gazette cartoon depicted new state Senate districts created under Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry in the shape of a salamander. The newspaper criticized the governor for drawing illogical boundaries for his political advantage.

No date to the prom: redistricting in the SCV
Santa Clarita Valley Signal
When my younger sister entered Davis County High School, she set a goal to attend junior and senior prom all four years. For her freshman and sophomore years, this required some elaborate tactics, since attendance required an invitation from a junior or senior boy — there was a chronic short supply in our rural and isolated burg.

Redistricting public window closing
KHTS AM 1220
One Valley, One Vision. And now, One Voice. The Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce and concerned citizens are asking the public to speak out on keeping the city and valley whole before the time for public input on redistricting draws to a close.

Panel shaping political boundaries arrives

San Diego Union-Tribune
A panel charged with redrawing state political boundaries says it needs the public to help with the job. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which has been holding hearings around the state, will be in San Marcos Friday night and San Diego Saturday in advance of releasing an initial round of proposed boundaries by June 10.

California lawmakers await redistricting panel’s map
Fresno Bee
California's 53 House members seem to be simmering on the sidelines as an independent commission draws the new map that will determine their political futures.

New political boundaries should keep Marin and Sonoma together
Marin Independent Journal
The Issue of California legislative redistricting is rapidly coming to a head. The Citizens Redistricting Commission will announce its first draft of the state's new legislative and congressional district boundaries on June 10.

State redistricting commission to gather testimony in Auburn
Auburn Journal
State Assembly and Senate boundaries are changing and Auburn will be given a voice Thursday when the state’s Citizen’s Redistricting Commission holds a hearing in the city.

From the Twitterverse

TraceyScharmann: @RepJeffDenham was mentioned in my redistricting report @KVPR You can hear it http://www.kvpr.org/shows.php/?id=751

National

Redistricting delays 2012 House races
San Francisco Examiner
Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Heck has been running for re-election since he won in November, trying to fend off unrelenting attacks on his five-month-old voting record as the Democratic Party has saturated his Las Vegas district with billboards, phone calls and mailers.

Local

Elk Grove prepares to redraw city council district lines
Sacramento Bee
Elk Grove isn't the small burg it used to be. The school district, which blankets the city and sprawls to Rancho Cordova, grew into Northern California's largest during the last decade. The auto mall acquired regional status.

Redistricting proposal – A power grab by Democrats and labor in the city of San Diego
San Diego Rostra
Let’s put aside for the moment the well-debated controversies over the partisan backgrounds of some of those holding the reins of the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission.

Santa Barbara County Redistricting Public Meetings
Santa Barbara Independent
The County of Santa Barbara today announced 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. Redistricting is required after each census to balance the population among the districts.

CoCo County Board of Supervisors schedule 16 redistricting workshops in May
San Francisco Chronicle
The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors have scheduled 16 public workshops to talk about their effort to redraw the district lines.