Gerrymandering is inevitable. Both parties should engage in it enthusiastically. The failure to do so is so GOP.
In California, an initiative was passed that took redistricting out of the hands of the legislature/governor and created an independent commission. I am always suspicious of so-called independent commissions but I voted for it because I though the commission could not be any worse than the legislature.
Now, the commission has released it draft of the new districts. Not bad at all. For the first time in years, the districts seem to make geographic sense. However, in my area, the Dems are crying because the county next to us which is full of farm laborers, is no longer going to be in our Congressional district. The new district makes sense in every respect. The old district was gerrymandered in an attempt to put a Dem in Congress.