Rose redistricting study cited in Bay Area Reporter

The Rose Institute’s recent report on redistricting in California was cited in the Bay Area Reporter on December 23, 2010. Titled “SF expected to lose a State senate seat,” the article features the Rose’s study and data prominently.

The article reads:

Already, the city’s two Senate districts are the most under-populated in California, according to a report released this month by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. San Francisco’s two Assembly seats rank among the top 10 under-populated Assembly districts in the state, according to the report.

State Senator Leland Yee’s (D) District 8 seat has the least amount of people of any Senate district in the state. Openly gay state Senator Mark Leno’s (D) District 3 seat is the second least-populated

According to the Rose report, Leno’s seat is “particularly vulnerable” to being redrawn since it crosses the bay and extends into Marin and Sonoma counties. Under new rules adopted by voters, the state’s legislative districts are not supposed to jump geographic boundaries such as waterways. It is anticipated that Leno’s district will be short 133,900 residents based on the new census figures.

According to the Rose report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 8th Congressional District based in San Francisco has the “smallest population” of any California district. Since 2000 Pelosi’s district has lost 55,000 residents, an under-count of 17 percent, estimated the Rose report.

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