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Monday, May 23, 2011
Speak Now or Forever Hold your Musket
Today is a “deadline” of sorts for the state’s Citizen’s Redistricting Commission based on their internal timeline for creating draft maps. After today their official response to public testimony will be 9 of the 14 commissioner plugging their ears and singing “Hakuna Matata” so loudly that residents of San Joaquin will be begging to be split into eight different legislative districts.
Look out liberals: Conservatives, Tea Partiers coming to Bay Area redistricting meetings, too
From the Twitterverse
@eastbaycitizen: Citizen Redistricting was meant to cut out special interests. All I'm hearing is testimony from special interests, esp. minority groups.
LocalPutting together the Downtown Puzzle
The Los Angeles Downtown News
Every 10 years, as population shifts dictate a change in the borders that define City Council districts, a game of political puzzle making begins. Sometimes it’s polite, with well-mannered horse trading. On other occasions it’s fractious, marked by conflict and naked power grabs.
Bullying, Railroading and Other Opinions on Redistricting
Voice of San Diego
So far, city redistricting in 2011 reminds me of the comedian Jerry Clower's tale about two dogs fighting over a dinner of boiled okra. That slick slimy boiled okra went down one dog's throat so fast that he thought the other ate it and they commenced to snapping and thrashing.
City Attorney To Investigate Redistricting Commissioner
San Diego Channel 6
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith promised Friday an investigation into whether a member of a commission that will redraw City Council boundaries is actually a resident of San Diego.
Redistricting exposes the fault lines of elitism in San Jose
San Jose Mercury News
A couple weeks ago, I attended a meeting of San Jose's redistricting commission at the Willow Glen Community Center, a converted school on Lincoln Avenue. It didn't promise to be a barnburner. At its previous meeting, on the East Side, the commission drew only about 20 people.
Does anyone in Contra Costa County care about redistricting?
If the hottest issue right now in Contra Costa County government is the redrawing of supervisors' districts, someone needs to tell the voters. They seem to be as captivated by the process as a lecture on the Dewey Decimal system.
An improved plan for supervisors’ district lines
Ventura County Star
Voters and residents can find much to like in Ventura County's latest plan to draw up new boundaries for the five county supervisors' districts.
Yuba County to redraw lines of supervisor districts
Yuba County will have a series of meetings in the next three weeks to get residents' thoughts on how a committee should redraw lines for supervisorial districts.
District lines in spotlight
San Bernardino and the Inland Empire Sun
Supervisor Neil Derry and his campaign manager say challenger James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, might not live in Derry's district once the boundaries of county supervisorial districts are redrawn later this year.