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Proposed new voting district maps released for comment by Citizens Redistricting Commission

The Citizens Redistricting Commission is racing to meet its deadline for redrawing voting districts for use in next year’s elections.

To date, the Commission has released a bunch of “visualizations” that helped citizens and Commissioners both to see how voting district boundaries might look.

Yesterday, the Commission released actual proposed voting district maps for Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly Districts. (Other entities are working on new voting districts for school boards and for County Supervisors.)

Orange County Breeze encourages everyone to submit comments on these maps. Comments may be submitted using an online form at https://airtable.com/shrQDD2ta2emnSzzO.

According to the Citizens Redistricting Commission:

Public comment shall be taken for at least 14 days from the date of public display of the first preliminary statewide (draft) maps of the Congressional, State Senatorial, Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts. The Commission shall not display any other map for public comment during the 14-day period.

Draft Map Public Input Meeting Schedule
November 17, 2021—Congressional District Feedback
November 18, 2021—Assembly District Feedback
November 19, 2021—Senate District Feedback
November 20, 2021—Board of Equalization & Any District Feedback
November 22, 2021—Any District Feedback
November 23, 2021—Any District Feedback

You can make an appointment to participate in a meeting here: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/draft_maps_public_input

Here is a link to each of the LARGE statewide maps, for reference:

The new maps are really hard to look at — they are not in the same format as the “visualizations”s released earlier. The labels get in the way of looking closely, and district boundaries are drawn over one another. I hope that clearer maps are released.

Following are comments regarding the proposed voting district boundaries, as best as I can make out from zooming in on northwest Orange County on the released maps.

Congressional

The smaller northwest Orange County communities that make up the core coverage area of Orange County Breeze appear to be grouped together and not swallowed by Long Beach. Instead, three “arms” of the proposed district reach southeast towards Santa Ana, northeast towards Fullerton, and northwest towards Lakewood and Cerritos.

A detail of the proposed Congressional districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.
A detail of the proposed Congressional districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.

State Senate

The smaller northwest Orange County communities that make up the core coverage area of Orange County Breeze appear to be split. Seal Beach, Rossmoor, and Los Alamitos are grouped in a coastal district with Huntington Beach. This includes the two military installations. Cypress is in a separate voting district with La Palma and Buena Park that spreads east, then hooks south to Santa Ana.

A detail of the proposed State Senate districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.
A detail of the proposed State Senate districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.

State Assembly

The smaller northwest Orange County communities that make up the core coverage area of Orange County Breeze appear to be split. Seal Beach, Rossmoor, and Los Alamitos are grouped with an otherwise inland district that embraces Garden Grove, then hooks south. Cypress and La Palma are again in a separate voting district with arms that reach southeast, northeast, and northwest.

A detail of the proposed State Assembly districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.
A detail of the proposed State Assembly districts for northwest Orange County, based on the maps released by the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Novmeber 10, 2021.

Criteria used by the Citizens Redistricting Commission

In accordance with the California Constitution, the Commission followed these criteria, in this order, to draw district maps:

  1. Districts must be of equal population to comply with the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Districts must comply with the Voting Rights Act to ensure that minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.
  3. Districts must be drawn contiguously, so that all parts of the district are connected to each other.
  4. Districts must minimize the division of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities of interest to the extent possible.
  5. Districts should be geographically compact: such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for a more distant population. This requirement
  6. refers to density, not shape. Census blocks cannot be split.
  7. Where practicable each Senate District should be comprised of two complete and adjacent Assembly Districts, and Board of Equalization districts should be comprised of 10 complete and adjacent State Senate Districts.

In addition, the place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate may not be considered in the creation of a map, and districts may not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.

1 Comment

  1. While looking through the Wedrawthelines web site I stumbled on to the Nov 10th Visualizations which are easier to read compared to the graphics files. Our St Assembly and St Senate districts for West OC changed a little from Nov 7th. Our House district was modified again, still includes Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Cypress, NO Long Beach. This is no longer a big coastal district, that part of the Nov-7th revision was moved inland to Garden Grove, Westminster, Fountain Valley. Little Saigon is not very little now and the residents campaigned to keep their voters together. This House district resembles the letter C and the top of the C extends to Fullerton. I’d say we in West OC should cash in our chips and get out of the game. The big fight now, from what I see in the public Input and Public comments, is in San Diego county.

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