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  •  Wow, this is quite a map (5+ / 0-)

    and I have a lot to say about it.

    1. I don't think a commission would slice Shasta County into two pieces, never mind Tehama into three.

    2. There's a reason why McClintock's district goes south in the current map: because Modoc and Lassen Counties don't really belong with the Sacramento suburbs. Their partisanship is similar, but that's about all that is.

    3. I'm not sure why you separated El Cerrito from District 9. If Piedmont (which is rich) can go there, then so can El Cerrito, and there is a mountain range in between it and the Tri-Valley.

    4. The splits of Monterey County are gratuitous and unnecessary. I definitely think the county should be kept whole.

    5. I agree that the Stockton district shouldn't have any of the Sierra Nevada foothills in it.

    6. While the Lake Tahoe areas don't really go with anywhere, I'd say they go better with the Sacramento suburbs than the southern San Joaquin Valley.

    7. District 20's entry into Bakersfield should be from the south, not the north. That's how the commission did the map, and it looks better.

    8. I disagree that Porterville, Oildale, and Barstow form a community of interest.

    9. The San Fernando Valley is just big enough for two districts: a white district in the western half and a Hispanic district in the eastern half. That is what should be drawn.

    10. District 43 looks very similar to the Democratic vote sink that was there from 2001-2011. The district should be unpacked.

    That being said, I really liked many of your districts, especially districts 18, 36, 37, and 44.

    Definitely an excellent job!

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:09:38 PM PDT

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      1. I ignored counties, so that is irrelevant to me.  I realize the commission had to take counties into account.

      2.  Modoc and Lassen don't belong, drawing them with McClintock wreaks havoc on Garamendi/LaMalfa, and McClintock's district has to take in separate COIs anyway.

      3.  El Cerrito/Piedmont: Population required it.  I wish it didn't.

      4.  Southern Monterey County is mountainous and has oil.  It has nothing to do with the Salinas Valley or Monterey Peninsula, and in fact is more similar to Northern San Luis Obispo.  With that said, it has about 2,000 residents.

      5.  Yeah, stupid population requirements.  I'd support +/- 5% deviation laws, so long as its a commission doing it and not the legislature.

      6. I think they're so separate from both that it really doesn't matter.

      7.  Agree to disagree.

      8.   I think they form a better COI than Portersville, Oildale, and Lancaster.

      9.  That requires Lancaster/Palmdale to join Santa Clarita, where they don't belong.  Santa Clarita is more similar to the valley than it is to Lancaster/Palmdale.

      10.  Why?  It's a COI.

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      by jncca on Tue May 07, 2013 at 12:31:25 AM PDT

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      •  You're wrong about south Monterey County (1+ / 0-)
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        having nothing to do with the rest of the county. It has a GREAT deal to do with water rights. Our water comes from there (Monterey County resident here). The two reservoirs of Nacimiento and San Antonio are located in that area, and I can't see Monterey County and its huge AG business giving up its water rights to be represented by a politico from the south. The water wars continue in the West, despite some evidence that we've grown beyond them.

        That said, I admire what you did here. It took a lot of dedication and hard work to put this analysis together. It is a really good read, so.....thank you.

        All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown

        by CA ridebalanced on Tue May 07, 2013 at 10:36:29 AM PDT

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    •  LOLs at the idea of (0+ / 0-)

      Piedmont, and the Berkeley and Oakland hills being considered low income.

      "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is." - George W Bush

      by jfern on Wed May 08, 2013 at 01:26:01 AM PDT

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    •  KINGS VRA District (0+ / 0-)

      Prior to 2000 The VRA District entered Bakersfield from the North.  Chip Pashayan and Cal Dooley both represented the far eastern portion of Bakersfield.

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