San Francisco Chronicle Article Redistricting and Legislative Control

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article claims that Democratic party members are concerned about the possibility that Proposition 11 may impede their ability to take greater control of the California state legislature.

More quietly, Democratic leaders argue that a change in the redistricting rules would be bad news for the party, which controls the current reapportionment process with solid majorities in the Assembly and state Senate.

In a June e-mail inviting Democratic Party leaders and their allies to a strategy session on defeating Prop. 11, state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, described the measure as the “last best chance to prevent us from protecting and expanding our majorities in the Legislature in the decade to come.”

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