Rose’ Johnson on visualization maps

A June 8th article in the Pasadena Star-News quoted Rose Institute Fellow Doug Johnson discussing the “visualization” maps being looked at by the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission. Titled “State’s Citizens Redistricting Commission inches closer to draft maps, uncertainties remain,” the article discusses the potential changes that could be caused by the new maps.

Johnson notes that both Congressman David Dreier, R-Brea, and Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge could see shifts in their districts. He says, “Today’s maps set up a huge battle between Dreier and (Congressman Adam) Schiff (D-Pasadena). Last week the map was drawn heavily for Schiff; now it’s conceivable Dreier could take a run at that if he chose to.”

Johnson also notes that Portantino is placed into the same district as Schiff, “complicating the former’s ambitions for a congressional seat in 2012.” Johnson concludes by noting that “it is hard to review what little the commission is putting out, but there is some information and we do have some sense of where they’re going…”(But) I think if groups come in and comment they’ll have a lot of impact, because the commission has not bought into these maps yet. But I think if there’s silence, the commission will likely adopt what they have now.”

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