New proposed political maps make 49th and 50th districts more competitive – NBC 7 San Diego


The California Citizens Redistrict Commission is made up of 14 citizen commissioners who help redesign congressional and assembly districts statewide after each enumeration. Commissioners use a set of six criteria to determine how districts should be drawn, but they also rely heavily on public input.

According to FiveThirtyEight, a political statistics website, analysis of the proposed maps for the San Diego area has dropped from three secure Democratic seats to two. The site says U.S. Representative Mike Levin’s 49th district will become more competitive with the proposed new limits.

“We always expected his district to become more competitive because if you grow in any direction it’s lined with Republicans, that’s what happened here,” Thad Kousser said, chairman of the political science department of UCSD. “As everyone expected, this 49th, or whatever the new number is, is going to be one of the nation’s battlefield races for control of Congress.”

FiveThirtyEight also determined that the 50th arrondissement, which has always been a Republican stronghold, will still favor Republicans, but less strongly than before.

“Definitely Darrell Issa will once again be one of the nationally targeted Republicans and someone who will likely attract a top challenger and be in another strong political fight,” Kousser said.

Patricia Sinay, commissioner at the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, said the team of 14 citizen commissioners are working to redraw the maps based on criteria and public input, regardless of politics.

“We haven’t looked at old maps, we’re not supposed to take into consideration the politics, political ideologies of the communities we are looking at, we aren’t supposed to take into consideration where a holder lives and when people say things are improving all over the place, it turns me on, it means we’ve listened to the audience, “Sinay said.

The Commission is seeking public comment before submitting final maps to the California Secretary of State’s office by the end of December. If you would like to see the proposed new map or submit a comment, visit the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission website.


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