Jan 27, 2012
We have all been waiting to figure out which candidates to invite to debates with the senate referendum up in the air. For now our candidates for State Senate in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties are Ted Gaines and Les Baugh. Doug LaMalfa’s district will be Tehama County and south. Trinity and Del Norte are in with the coast.
I’m not sure what happens if the signatures are valid and the referendum goes through but will let you know when I hear anything.
(Scroll down 2 posts to the article about the State Supreme Court denying the challenge against the 2011 redistricting.)
Jan 27, 2012
The California Supreme Court ruled today that state Senate maps drawn by a citizens commission will be used in this year’s elections, despite a pending referendum to overturn them.
The issue came before the High Court after a Republican-backed group, Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, filed more than 711,000 signatures with county elections offices in a referendum to overturn Senate maps drawn by a 14-member citizens commission.
Californians will decide the fate of the newly drawn Senate districts in November if 504,760 of the signatures are from valid voters. Legislative candidates must file and run their campaigns before then, however, so justices needed to identify district maps to be in effect immediately.
County elections offices face a Feb. 24 deadline for certifying FAIR’s referendum signatures. Thus far, they have verified 57,761 of 80,127 signatures checked. If the percentage of valid signatures holds steady, 72 percent, the referendum would qualify for the ballot.
Twenty Senate seats are up for grabs this year – and the results carry high-stakes politically.
GOP officials contend that the new, commission drawn lines would give Democrats a strong chance of gaining two additional seats in the Senate, enough to gain the two-thirds supermajority needed to raise taxes or fees.
“If the current redistricting lines hold with regard to the Senate, the Republicans are going to have an enormously difficult time staying above the one-third threshold,” California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro told The Bee this week.
“We’re going to fight like the dickens to do it,” he said, “which is in part why, of course, we went ahead with the referendum process. But it will be enormously difficult.”
The Supreme Court previously rejected a FAIR lawsuit that contended the commission’s Senate maps illegally dilute Latino voting clout in parts of the state and violate criteria established by voters in a 2008 ballot measure.
The redistricting commission consistently has defended the legality and the soundness of its maps, saying they were drawn after consideration of testimony from dozens of public hearings and from thousands of written comments.
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Dec 23, 2011
(PNP comment: We totally agree. In June, when Siskiyou County was divided into a coastal district and the Eastern portion of the county into a different district, we realized there were Greenie and Liberal forces at work to divide us. We fought hard and won. Our county is now whole in both the State Assembly and State Senate Districts. — Editor Liz Bowen)
Tactics proved successful, with party expected to add up to 7 congressional seats
STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Published: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10:45 p.m.
California’s congressional Democrats ran a secret effort this year to manipulate the independent citizens panel that drew the state’s new political districts, foiling the intent of those who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses.
Democrats met behind closed doors at the party’s Washington headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or “public interest” groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted.
The New York-based nonprofit investigative foundation ProPublica released findings Wednesday from a months-long reconstruction of the Democrats’ stealth redistricting strategy, relying on internal memos, emails, interviews and map analysis.
The success of the strategy has Democrats projecting they may pick up as many as seven congressional seats in 2012 under new district boundaries adopted last summer, far more than had been first expected.
“Every member of the Northern California Democratic Caucus has a ticket back to D.C.,” crowed one internal memo. “This is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated by advocates throughout the region.”
Bay Area Democrats, with one exception, were safe no matter how the new district lines were drawn because of the Democrats’ overwhelming advantage in voter registration, said David McCuan, a Sonoma State University political scientist. Only Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton was in a “marginal Democratic district,” he said.
There’s no surprise in the revelation that “political machinations” were involved in the redistricting process, nor did the Democrats break any laws, he said.
Aug 30, 2011
A referendum has been filed to overturn the new congressional districts created by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the attorney general’s office reported today.
The effort joins one already under way to undo the maps the commission drew for state Senate districts.
Filing the referendum with the attorney general is the first step in the process that ultimately requires the collection of 504,760 valid voter signatures within about three months to halt implementation of the maps until voters decide their fate on the June 2012 ballot. If the referendum qualifies for the ballot, the state Supreme Court would draw new maps or decide which maps to use in the upcoming political races.
The measure was filed by Julie Vandermost, an Orange County development and environmental consultant, and Charles Bell, a prominent Sacramento lawyer for Republican causes. Neither could be immediately reached for comment.
Categories: Congress, Redistricting
Jul 26, 2011
Citizens Redistricting Commission
901 P Street, Suite 154-A
Sacramento, CA 95814
Dear Commission Members,
We believe you have made an error in your attempted drawing of new district lines for Northern California. You have a difficult task and many issues to balance however the lines you have drawn for the North State are fatally flawed.
You have drafted districts that may meet the population guidelines but they violate everything that is truly important in Propositions 11 and 20. You have lumped portions of the far northern reaches of the state with Sacramento- why? Simply adding population from Sacramento into a district primarily comprised of rural agricultural counties is not a constant community of interest.
You have received hundreds of comments from the north state and the message is simple: keep us away from the coast and the delta and draft districts based on our major economic connections of transportation infrastructure. There should be an I-5, Hwy 395 and a Hwy 101 district. The North State should not stretch into Yolo or Sacramento Counties if it can be helped.
Major flaws exist in your maps published on July 11th, yet there are simple ways to alter the drawn districts that will be more consistent with regard to communities of interest and simply more logical.
Please remove Siskiyou County, Shasta County, the City of Lincoln, the City of Rocklin as well as surrounding rural agricultural areas of Placer County from the Mt. Cap district and place them in the more appropriate Yuba District. Next, remove Roseville, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Carmichael and as much Sacramento County as possible from the Yuba District and place them in the Mt. Cap district.
These changes only affect the Yuba and the Mt. Cap districts and have no effect on any other lines. Yet these changes create a much more logical and community minded district layout. By keeping the I-5 communities together and removing large suburban and urban areas from the Yuba District you are creating a more balanced agriculturally consistent and economically similar district. Additionally, by shifting Roseville and Sacramento Counties to the Mt. Cap district you keep established communities together in Sacramento and the very important Roseville/ Sacramento infrastructure link consolidated in one district.
Shasta County should be located in the Yuba District and populations should be shifted in Butte to make this accommodation. The economic connections created by the I-5 corridor are very important and are a significant link between our communities. Siskiyou County would also be a very logical addition to this district but since the commission has decided that Yuba County must be linked with Sutter County the populations cannot work.
These are very simple changes and are truly the most logical choices for creating districts. Those of us who have lived here for decades know the basis of our communities and work together to improve our lives. Please don’t split our well-established regions. We hope you will grant us this easy change and improve upon the work you have done.
4333 Island Rd
Etna, Ca 96027
Jul 7, 2011
If you have not submitted comments to the redistricting commission … NOW IS THE TIME!!!! Those in Shasta County who considered their district “safe” need to view the attached map proposal. You will see that Shasta County has been pulled into the coast. Very few comments are on line from Shasta County so we have become a flexible unit for them to balance the districts.
PLEASE take a few minutes and let them know we are part of the I-5 corridor community and we DO NOT want to be part of the coast. We have NOTHING in common with them and our representation will be diminished if we are put in their district.
Comments do not have to be complicated. Simply state your reason for wanting to be part of the I-5 district group for Assembly/Senate/Congress.
DO NOT identify yourself as part of ANY group. Your comments will have LESS weight!!!!
File your comments on their page here:
Email your comments to:
Detail on the .pdf attachment of the map proposing Shasta County as part of the coastal district.
Send this to others who will also be impacted by the redistricting and encourage them to comment!!!! This commission really listens to the concerns of the people. Let them hear YOU!!!!