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Redistricting and the 'communities of interest' (How about "gayborhoods",armenians&black farmers?) ^ | 7/16/11 | Paul Saffo

Posted on 07/16/2011 10:29:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

Do you live in a "gayborhood"? Are you part of an Armenian sub-community or do you reside among black farmers and agriculturists?

These and myriad other questions that most of us have never thought to ask will be answered Aug. 15, the day the Citizen's Redistricting Commission is scheduled to release its final maps.

.. Among the criteria that the commission must consider when drawing its boundaries is "community of interest," a concept so vague as to remind one of Justice Potter Stewart's famous definition of pornography - "I know it when I see it."

Knowing a community when one sees it is easy with traditional ethnic minorities. Oakland proudly boasts an African American orientation, and East Los Angeles is unquestionably Hispanic. Small minority groups are often even easier to spot - San Francisco's Little Saigon has officially recognized boundaries ..

But this being California, the voters adopted a definition of community that goes far beyond mere ethnicity: "A community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation."

This definition is so broad that it is easiest to define a community by what the commission is prohibited to consider, namely, political party affiliations.

Tea Partiers who want community recognition are out of luck, but the field is open to most everyone else, and we have already seen some clever innovations. For example, it has been proposed - with ample statistical evidence - that California is home to emergent "gayborhoods," LGBT-friendly areas far from traditional gay communities like Castro Street. Based on the maps submitted to the commission, there are gayborhoods in the suburbs of Contra Costa County and amid the conservative enclaves of San Diego.


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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; caredistricting; communities; gayborhoods; interest; looneytunes; prop11; prop20; redistricting; sodomfrancisco; votingrightsact
add a new word to the mix.. Hi, Gaybor!

Look for new neighborhood street signs soon, huh? :-)

God Bless Ya , Progressive America! (/sarc)

1 posted on 07/16/2011 10:30:02 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Communities of interest:


Legal Citizens


Gun Owners

Citizens for enforcement of constitutional laws

Citizens against racial and religious discrimination

Citizens opposed to communists in the federal government

2 posted on 07/16/2011 10:40:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Welcome to the Gayborhood!

3 posted on 07/16/2011 10:56:37 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: NormsRevenge

Rulership by special interest: what a concept!!

4 posted on 07/16/2011 12:43:20 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Iron Munro

Those are all on the SOL list.

5 posted on 07/16/2011 12:44:03 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

I thought the Castro district was primarily Hispanic... is it overrun with jotos now?

6 posted on 07/16/2011 12:55:04 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood
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To: NormsRevenge

I’m a native Californian and I can state without hesitation that California is lost to any form of rational governance.

7 posted on 07/16/2011 12:55:53 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: NormsRevenge
Conservatives are an under-represented minority in California.
8 posted on 07/16/2011 2:50:53 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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