With four 14-0 votes, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its first round of draft maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts.
The Commission is now soliciting public comment on the draft districts. Testimony can be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org, by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814 or by FAX at 916-651-5711. The Commission will be holding 11 public input hearings in June on the draft maps. The hearing schedule and the draft maps can be found at the Commission’s website at www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov.
Now, remember folks these are draft maps and the pundits will be going crazy with the political permutations.
And, California Republicans don’t be too disappointed because California continues to be a deep blue state demographically. While redistricting will improve some chances of winning a few seats, particularly in the California Legislature, the fact is the GOP will probably lose 3-5 GOP Congressional seats to the Democrats. The Democrats will continue to dominate the Republicans in the state legislature, just as they have for a couple of decades now.
So, have at the maps and write, e-mail or fax your thoughts and concerns to the Citizen’s Commission.
I will post more analysis about individual maps and districts as they become available.