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PROP 40 WILL APPROVE NEW STATE SENATE DISTRICTS: OPPOSITION HAS WITHDRAWN

By Thea Skinner

October 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--Proposition 40 allows voters to approve or reject the new state senate districts created by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. If Prop 40 is approved with a yes vote, nothing changes. If rejected by a no vote, the senate districts are re-drawn again by officials under the supervision of the California Supreme Court.  Both the California Democratic Party and California Republican Party now recommend a “yes” vote on Prop 40.

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO HAVE RETIRED JUDGES REDRAW DISTRICT LINES FOR SAN DIEGO SUPERVISORS

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors won’t be able to redraw their own district lines or assign hand-picked appointees to do so if Governor Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 1331 and San Diego voters approve the new plan. 
 
The bill, authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), has passed both houses of the state Legislature.  It would require retired judges to redraw supervisors’ districts starting in 2021. The bill applies only to San Diego County, where Supervisors have been accused of gerrymandering districts to retain power for conservatives. 

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FILES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN NEW 53RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; POPADITCH TO OPPOSE

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)-- Upon filing the necessary paperwork with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Congresswoman Susan Davis qualified for the 2012 ballot making it official that she will be running for re-election in the newly drawn 53rd Congressional District.

 

SUPERVISORS TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON REDISTRICTING SEPTEMBER 6

 

August 31, (San Diego) -- There will be a special meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2011. The meeting will be held to discuss the 2011 Supervisorial redistricting alternatives. The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in room 310 of the County Administraton Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.

 

 

SUPERVISORS TOSS REDISTRICTING MAP AMID CONCERNS OVER VOTING RIGHTS ACT VIOLATIONS

August 2, 2011 (San Diego)—By a unanimous vote, San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors today decided to redraw supervisorial districts to include a South Bay district in which racial minorities comprise the majority of the population The five white Supervisors, all Republicans, originally had proposed a map with all-white majority districts.

 

But after the American Civil Liberties Union testified on June 28 that the proposed district lines violated the Voting Rights Act, Supervisors opted against risking costly litigation.

POLITICAL SHAKEUP FOR EAST COUNTY: MAJOR SHIFTS IN REPRESENTATION UNDER DRAFT REDISTRICTING MAPS

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Who will your future representatives be for Congress, State Senate and Assembly? Starting next year, many East County residents will find themselves in different districts-- if draft maps drawn up by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission are adopted.  While most legislators appear likely to keep fairly safe seats, some districts have become more competitive. Key East County districts will have drastically different boundaries, forcing elected officials to campaign on unfamiliar turf--and even adjacent counties.

 

The commission was formed following a ballot initiative approved by voters. The goal was to take redistricting out of the hands of politicians in Sacramento in hopes of creating more competitive and geographically rational district lines instead of gerrymandering.  Public comment is sought in June before the commission finalizes its plans.
 

ECM’s analysis of the maps yields some intriguing findings. Among them:

VOTERS' WATCHDOG: SAN DIEGO REDISTRICTING MEETINGS ANNOUNCED

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- Every 10 years, the City of San Diego Redistricting Commission redraws the political boundaries for City Council districts candidates. This is a once in a decade occasion. The County is also redistricting its Supervisorial seats.  Want to have a say in how your community gets represented for the next 10 years?

 

The best way to do this is to give public testimony during the early stages of the redistricting process.  You can testify or learn more at nine pre-map hearings set in locations throughout San Diego in April and early May, as well as at Redistricting Commission regular meetings downtown. Below are details on dates, times, and locations.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS SEPT. 23 FORUM ON REDISTRICTING INITIATIVE

 

By Emily Anderson
 

September 16, 2010 (San Diego) – Voters across the county are gearing up to face local, statewide and Congressional elections Nov. 2nd. Many issues relevant to San Diego County will be on the ballot, including Proposition 27, which, if passed, would eliminate the bipartisan citizens commission in charge of drawing state district lines.

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