Times Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen had a pair of great articles this weekend about the redistricting process for Congressional, state Senate and state Assembly districts. For the first time, the nonpartisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission, and not politicians, are redrawing the lines. The first draft of the new maps were released earlier this month.
The first article, highlighting some of the major changes in the East Bay, isn’t online for some reason, but here’s the part of the story that talks about the changes for the Lamorinda area:
Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda would no longer share and Assembly member with Berkeley (Nancy Skinner), but instead merge with a San Ramon Valley district held by Democrat Joan Buchanan. The cities will also swap Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, for Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez.
Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth, who helped successfully fight a move in 2001 to place Lamorinda in the district of then-GOP Rep. Richard Pombo, of Tracy, is satisfied.
“Miller is (a) great advocate for education, and he is one of the most senior members of Congress,” Worth said. “I believe the Bay Area delegation will continue to work together as they always have.”
A shame Garamendi’s district could get completely reshaped just months after he got better known. Lamorinda would retain its state senator, Mark Desaulnier.
The second story, online here, details redistricting’s effect on the state’s complicated odd-even election pattern for state Senate districts.
And here are the relevant maps:
And just for reference, here is a map of the current 10th Congressional District. I remember as a young politics major at Saint Mary’s working briefly as an intern for then-Rep. Ellen Taucher, who represented The Fightin’ 10th, and hearing the district decribed as a Rorchach test gone wrong. The new map, which links Lamorinda not with Livermore and Fairfield but instead with Concord and San Ramon, certainly seems to make more sense. What do you think?