Check out the brand new DRAFT redistricting maps from the California Redistricting Commission. Big winner in Contra Costa County is George Miller’s district (see 2001 CA-07 map nearby) returns from the hinterlands that stretched from Richmond to Benecia to Vacaville, to absorb most of Contra Costa like the Borg. Interestingly, parts of East County have been shunted into a new Foothill district that stretches down to Fresno.
As described in an earlier post, Jerry McNerney‘s CA-11 got married to Pete Stark’s. Wonder what those kids will look like? Not a chance. McNerney, a resident of Pleasanton, either has to run against Pete Stark, or carpet bag or move to and run in the newly jiggered San Joaquin district.
Behind the scenes, John Garamendi—who was raked by Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, who characterized the word Garamendi as a Microsoft font name reject!—will be the favorite in the newly engineered Solano County District, to unseat another gerrymandered Democrat Thompson (CA-01).
The Senate DIstrict currently held by Mark DeSaulnier is relatively untouched and looks alot like Miller’s new Congressional District. George will probably retire before the district gets changed again in 2021. So what a stepping stone for DeSaulnier if he can overcome the collateral damage from his 2010 CA-10 challenge to Garamendi.
In every case, Democrat interests have been clearly taken care of, while statewide, the GOP will lose 3-4 seats in the California Congressional Caucus.
Click on the nearby map to go to the We Draw The Line maps released today by the California Redistricting Commission.