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Avalon's political boundaries may shift BY BOB RHEIN district ever proposed," said Ray Sotero, press secretary for Lieu. "Although it is not yet finalized, If the latest draft of electoral boundaries are finalized on Mon- day, Aug. 15, Catalina Island and San Clemente Island will shift from the 27th Senatorial District of Alan Lowenthal to the new, pre- dominately coastal, 26th Senato- rial District presided over by Ted Lieu. Currently, Catalina is grouped into a vertical column of relatively landlocked cities including Arte- sia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Florence-Graham,-Hawaiian Gar- dens, Lakewood, Lynwood, Para- mount, Signal Hill, South Gate and Willowbrook. The only other city in the 27th District on the water is Long Beach. The proposed 26th Senatorial District included Rolling Hills Es- tates, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica. The dis- trict then takes a sharp turn east to include Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. "This is the largest coastal Council From page 1 al at a later date, the project would have to wait until next spring be- cause the Californ'ia Department of Fish and Game does not want the birds near Pebbly Beach Road to be disturbed. - Campbell said Coastal Com- mission staff had asked Avalon to conduct a study to determioe how nets intended to keep boulders off the road would impact the birds on that cliff. He said the Catalina Island Con- servancy would conduct the study. He said the regulatory side of the Coastal Commission wants the road re-opened and is pressuring the environmental side of the com- mission which doesn't want any- thing done. In other business Council directed staff to pre- pare a resolution to approve an ordinance that would allow the Avalon Community Improvement Agency to continue. Campbell rec- ommended the step in order to keep the council's options open follow- ing the passage of legislation that essentially abolishes redevelop- ment agencies. The council will hold a special- meeting next week to hold a first reading of the ordinance. Campbell said a League of Cities lawsuit challenging the legislation had been filed with the California Supreme Court. The state of Cali- fornia has agreed that the Supreme Court is the correct legal venue for the lawsuit. The state high court has not yet accepted the case. Following a public hearing, the council increased ambulafice service fees. No other city fees were increased. No one spoke dur- ing the public hearing. This was the second hearing on the subject, as required by state law. Senator Lieu is looking forward to tackling cotal issues such as pol- lution," he said. Every 10 years, following the federal census, California must redraw the boundaries of its Con- gressional, State Senate, State As- sembly and State Board of Equal- ization. However, this has always been accomplished, by state legislators that has been criticized for skew- ing the districts to keep incum- bents in office by provided "safe" districts where reelection is virtu- ally guaranteed. However, in 2008, voters over- turned this practice with the Voters First Act that appeed on ballots as Proposition 11, which won by a narrow margin. Under Prop 1 I, redistricting was taken awav from the politicians and given to the Citizen's Redistrict- ing Commission comprised of 14 members from varied ethnic back- grounds and geographic locations in the state. The commission includes five Democrats, five Republicans, and four "Decline to State." When drawing up the first drafts of the new boundaries, the commis- sion looked to minimize the divi- sion boundaries of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities of interest. The 26th District will align Avalon with predominately coastal communities stretching to north of Santa Monica. According to a FAQ produced by the Redistricting Commission, ...fW. ; ' ;%--- -. I II IIIII I IIII I I I I II I in the unlikely event that the Com- mission does not come to an agree- ment on final district boundaries by August 15, redistricting will go to the California Supreme Court who will decide where the boundaries are drawn. The practice of setting electoral districts to give a political advan- tage for a particular party dates back to 1812 when the term "ger- rymander" (pronounced with a soft g) was coined. When the Massachusetts state senate elec- tion districts were redrawn by then governor Elbridge Gerry. When mapped, one of the contorted dis- tricts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salaman- der. A political cartoonist, Elkanah Tisdale, satirized the bizarre shape as a dragon. Federalist newspaper editors were delighted to combine "salamander" with Governor's Gerry's last name, producing the word, gerrymander. 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