Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Shift Redistricting Power

The new law will give redistricting authority to an independent commission.

A bill to give ultimate authority over redistricting for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to an independent commission was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Such commissions have been used to redraw district maps in the past, but the Board of Supervisors gave the final approval.

The bill by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, would lead to creation of a panel of five former judges that would hold at least seven public hearings and adopt a new map for supervisorial districts. County voters will need to approve changes to the County Charter before the plan takes effect.

The law was first proposed by Supervisor Greg Cox following last year's bumpy redistricting process.

"This is a landmark achievement today for all San Diegans who support good government," Cox said. "Simply put, this proposal recognizes that politicians shouldn't be choosing their voters, but that voters should be choosing their elected officials."

Cox said speakers at redistricting meetings clearly stated they wanted politicians taken out of the process.

-City News Service

Libi Uremovic September 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
the board of supervisors has been a unnecessary waste of government funds for a long long time....it's time to close this bureaucracy down ....
Robert in Ramona September 25, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Yes Libi!!!! The Board is a bunch of hacks that pretend to give authority to local "planning Groups" and these "local" clowns get photo opps with the Supervisors which then ignore thie planning groups recommendations. Everyone wins and the the supervisors hand out our money through thier discretionary $1.000,000 tax funded personal accounts. That is our money that they get to pick and choose how to give out. crazy and unnecessary
Jay Berman September 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
So who would lead the county ? Supervisors are elected by the people who they represent, its how our government works. I'm all for getting rid of the unelected SANDAG and passing what they do to the county where it belongs ..


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