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Citizens Redistricting Commission seeks comments on visualizations: northwest Orange County

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is currently racing to meet its deadline for deciding on final boundaries for new voting districts statewide, as required by law following the every-ten-years United States Census.

To help make that series of decisions, members of the Commission request “visualizations” that are not quite possible new district boundaries but allow citizens to speak out about what they like or dislike about how that visualization groups their own area.

New visualizations have been published in conjunction with discussions this week. The visualizations come with supporting data files and explanatory materials. They are divided into three parts:

In this article, we will look at the State Senate and Assembly districts in the coverage area for Orange County Breeze in northwest Orange County. If you are interested in a different area, you will have to download the visualization files and root through them yourself.

I include my personal preferences, but you should make your own decisions and leave a comment at WeDrawtheLines.org to let the member os the Citizens Redistricting Commission know what you think.



California State Senate visualizations

If you compare the three maps below, you will see that the current State Senate District 29 scoops up Cypress then reaches far to the northeast. In contrast, the first visualization scoops up Cypress, then runs for the coast to Seal Beach and follows the Coast southeast while the the second visualization scoops of Cypress, then reaches southeast through Garden Grove to Santa Ana, staying inland.

I much prefer the first visualization, grouping Cypress with Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, and Seal Beach.

Current boundaries of California State Senate District 29

A certified map of California Senate District 29 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.
A certified map of California Senate District 29 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.

Two visualizations including the City of Cypress

Visualization for a state senate district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for a state senate district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for a state senate district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for a state senate district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.

Current boundary of California State Senate District 34

A certified map of California Senate District 34 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.
A certified map of California Senate District 34 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.

Visualization including the Cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach, and the community of Rossmoor

Visualization for a state senate district that includes the Cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos and the community of Rossmoor.. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for a state senate district that includes the Cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos and the community of Rossmoor.. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.


California State Assembly visualizations

Current AD65

If you compare the two maps below, you will see that the current AD65 loses some bumps off its northern and southern boundaries, gains a “toe” in the southeast, and add a dollop of Los Angeles County to the West just past the 604 Fwy that includes Cerritos plus slices of maybe Lakewood, Bellflower, and Norwalk.

My personal preference is to avoid crossing the County border.

Current boundaries of California Assembly District 65

A certified map of California Assembly District 65 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.
A certified map of California Assembly District 65 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.

Visualization covering more-or-less the same area

Visualization for an assembly district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for an assembly district that includes the City of Cypress. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.

Current AD72

If you compare the two maps below, you will see that the current AD65 loses its inland components except for Rossmoor. It becomes primarily a coastal district, with the addition of inland Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills.

Current boundaries of California Assembly District 72

A certified map of California Assembly District 72 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.
A certified map of California Assembly District 72 as of August 15, 2011.. Graphic courtesy of WeDrawTheLinesgov.

Visualization covering more-or-less the same area

Visualization for an assembly district that includes the City of Seal Beach and the community of Rossmoor. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.
Visualization for an assembly district that includes the City of Seal Beach and the community of Rossmoor. Graphic courtesy of We Draw the Lines, the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.

2 Comments

  1. I saw the Nov-7 visualizations and see that west OC is not included in any of the three districts (St-Assy, St-Senate, US-House) with Long Beach. Win-Win. People in Long Beach wanted to stay together, OC did not want to be grouped with Long Beach. Cypress and Los Alamitos are in separate Assy and State Senate districts. No big deal, they are separate already. The US House district is really different for west OC. We become a coastal House district, that starts in Cerritos-Artesia, drops south to Seal Beach, then along the coast until it reaches all the cities in south OC that have Laguna xxx in their name. I’m OK with that also. I don’t mind the LA County part of the House district, they are all small cities. There are Nov-10th maps drawn during the meetings, but they are so bad when magnified, I cannot tell what was changed from the Nov-7th maps. The Nov-10 maps have not been formatted into the visualization formats that are easier to see.

    1. Author

      Kelly,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      You provided a good summary!

      You are right about the poor quality of the Nov. 10th maps. Nevertheless, we will publish an article later today about these latest maps, and urge our readers to send their comments to the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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