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Wednesday, May 25

Best Buddies and Other Oddities

Yesterday Redistricting Commission hearing saw the first day of presentations from “Organized Groups” which were to provide statewide or regional maps for the Assembly, Senate, Congress and BOE.  The hearing included what seemed like a school project with a video, but few maps, a speech from an NAACP leader, but no maps, a presentation from San Joaquin organization, with maps of that county but nothing else.

The one statewide plan presented was from the Institute for Jobs the Economy and Education.  This presentation by Matt Rexroad and Tom Hiltachk is currently being converted to Maptitude and uploaded to the Redistricting Partners site, but so far it has a couple doozies…  New best buddies (members who are drawn into the same districts) include Bonnie Lowenthal and Jim Silva in the new AD 67, Curt Hagman and Jeff Miller in the new AD 58, and Dr. Richard Pan and Jim Nielsen in the new AD 2.  You can view these districts at http://redistrictingpartners.com/2011/05/best-buddies/ and follow @udrawthelines on Twitter to find out when the full state plans are up and analyzed.

These few districts may seem crazy, and they are, but if you think the commission is going to come out with lines that don’t have these oddities then you’ve been watching too many Prop 11 commercials!


Winner of 36th District runoff election faces an uncertain future
Torrance Daily Breeze
Whichever candidate wins the July 12 runoff for the South Bay's 36th Congressional District will be greeted by an uncertain political future.

Herdt: Count on it – an earthquake on June 10
Ventura County Star
With May 21 having come and gone, and all of us still being here on Earth and all, perhaps this is not the best time to be making another prediction about a coming cataclysmic event. But here goes: On June 10 in California, there will be an earthquake.

Sparks fly over redrawing of California political boundaries
San Jose Mercury News
California's landmark attempt to change the way the state draws its political boundaries took center stage Monday in Silicon Valley, as one activist after another spoke up at a public hearing for their turf.

From the Twitterverse

davidmcreager: Was clear that some commissioners do have prioritized areas. RT @udrawthelines: redistricting commissioners are frisky today!

SunnyvaleSite: RT @mercnews: Redistricting inspires surprising passion in San Jose http://bit.ly/iqlubS

willrk787: I'm totally glad a 30 yo unemployed former school board candidate who lives with his mom thinks the SDGOP redistricting case is strong!


Sacramento’s council seats may be in for major change
Sacramento Bee
As Sacramento's redistricting process gets under way, business interests, neighborhood groups and the gay community are pushing heavily for the central city to be folded into a single council district.

County GOP sues for new redistricting panel
San Diego Union Tribune
Republican Party of San Diego County Chairman Tony Krvaric filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that the city commission charged with redrawing political boundaries was illegally constituted and therefore has no authority to carry out its duties.

GOP chief sues over San Diego redistricting
North County Times
The county's GOP chief is alleging that a San Diego commission redrawing the city's council district boundaries is illegally constituted.

Community shows support for plan to unite La Jolla
San Diego News Room
The city of San Diego’s redistricting was the talk of three civic meetings in La Jolla this past week: the city of San Diego’s Redistricting Commission’s last of nine pre-map public hearings on May 11, the La Jolla Shores Association’s monthly meeting on May 11 and the La Jolla Town Council meeting on May 12.

Long Beach City Council to weigh 9 districts’ makeup
Contra Costa Times
Today the City Council will make decisions that could affect Long Beach politics — and the makeup of the council itself — for years to come.

Supervisors hold meeting to discuss redistricting
San Bernardino and the Inland Empire Sun
San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday said they want plenty of input from residents as they prepare to draw new boundaries for the county's five supervisorial districts.

Supervisors agree to keep Esplande and Financial Plaza with Zaragoza
Ventura County Star
The lines of Supervisor John Zaragoza’s Oxnard-based district would be adjusted slightly under the latest draft plan for changing the districts represented by the Board of Supervisors.

Basin might be unified in one district
Hi-Desert Star
The county Board of Supervisors will conduct its first redistricting workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the County Government Center at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue.

Tulare County approves redistricting guidelines
Visalia Times-Delta
The Tulare County Board of Supervisors has approved criteria that will be used to decide whether to alter the boundaries of the five county voting districts.