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The Redistricting Report is your best source for the latest maps and analysis of California legislative, congressional and local redistricting. We just posted statewide Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans for Fair Redistricting (CAPAFR). These maps were the most highly anticipated statewide maps to be presented to the commission and will have a significant impact on the Commission’s June 10th preliminary maps.
Friday, May 27 -- “…Breathtaking” [view online]
That’s how one redistricting expert characterized MALDEF's presentation to the state’s Redistricting Commission. The audience, many of which were also presenting statewide plans and deeply involved with redistricting, were vacillating from outrage to envy. Republican redistricting expert Matt Rexroad immediately tweeted it a “MALDEFmander,” only 10 minutes later to tweet his amazement with an impressive presentation.
Wednesday, May 25 -- Best Buddies and Other Oddities [view online]
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. 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.
Monday, May 23 -- Speak Now or Forever Hold your Musket [view online]
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.
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A Sign of Things to Come?
The three most anticipated contributions to the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission process were to be the maps from the NAACP, MALDEF and CAPAFR. These groups, representing African Americans, Latinos and Asians, have traditionally been some of the most active in redistricting, and it was expected that they would collectively show the way for the State’s redistricting process. Did they? And if so, did they show the Commission something that can be mirrored in their June 10th draft maps?
Grover’s Corners Comes to the Redistricting Commission
From the Twitterverse
LocalEditorial: Downtown Sacramento deserves to be a single district
The citizens panel helping to vet new Sacramento City Council districts is getting down to serious business. During its initial meetings, two issues have already emerged.
Panel recommends few changes to San Jose council disticts
San Jose Mercury News
There's some good news for people who prefer tradition over change. After months of often contentious meetings, San Jose's Redistricting Advisory Commission has unanimously decided to keep San Jose's 10 city council districts pretty much the way they are.
Keep Downtown Together in Redistricting Process
Los Angeles Downtown News
The City Council redistricting that erupts every 10 years in Los Angeles is one of the most tumultuous and tension-filled processes inside City Hall. In terms of potential for conflict, it probably trails only elections and budget battles. This is neither unexpected nor unreasonable, considering that the horse-trading and power grabs impact the city for a decade at a time.
Residents express concern about potential district boundaries
More than 30 people attended a county redistricting meeting in Alamo on Thursday night to voice their concerns and learn more about changes to district lines and voice their concerns.
Merced Supervisors eyeing plans for reshaping district boundaries
New supervisorial district boundaries are starting to take shape in Merced County. Supervisors are mulling over three draft maps that were presented to the board during Tuesday's meeting.