I'm quite sure everyone is aware that there is redistricting going on throughout the country to reconfigure the population so people get "equal" representation.
For some states, like California, the redistricting was placed in the hands of 14 members (5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 4 DTS) instead of having the California Legislature itself creating the boundaries (after all... California has a lot of democrats for both state and country.) It has actually caused a ruckus as incumbents are all of a sudden either thrown off their current district, or new members have to compete with other members (some within the same party line....) So it is practically causing an uproar as cities and communities want to stay next to each other while others don't want to be represented with one another as the draft came out.
The major guidelines for the redistricting (some bits aren't listed):
What do I think about this? I love it. Districts "are" to be drawn by community of interests. This means how the city/counties interacts with neighboring cities/counties and how similar the cities/counties are to one another while also meeting the representation threshold.1) Districts are drawn without regard to political incumbents and partisan considerations.
2) Districts reflect geographic and common sense boundaries.
3) The districts balance the needs of different communities of interest across California.
For my district thus far:
State Senate: Is drawn to encompass the two cities in my area that commutes with one another frequently, with another smaller (college) city to the west (to keep the population for representation.)
State Assembly: It has broken into something sensible as there are now two separate districts for my city/cities. The 2001 version broke the community into one that tilted VERY republican and one that tilted VERY democratic. This time the other half of the two cities aren't connected to some blob to the East (of what I shall name... the more rural area situated toward the mountains.)
House of Representatives: Same idea, it encompasses both of the cities together and leaves the other parts that were in the 2001 version to other districts.
So far, so good.
Mercury News (Silicon Valley)
Redlands (San Bernardino)
What has been said:
Originally Posted by LA Times