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Letter: Redistricting plans may be unfair

Posted: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

On May 13, I read a column that praised propositions 11 and 20 for setting up a commission to handle the redistricting of California legislative districts (“Redistricting: Speak now”).

I volunteered for this commission, and went as far as the third tier before I realized it was a hoax.

This commission, instead of bringing Californians together, is driving a wedge between all the ethnic groups in our state. They are gerrymandering all the districts.

If this commission really wanted to do this fairly, they would use an unbiased computer to start at one end of the state and select the districts by population only. Instead, this commission will select the districts by politics — just as the politicians in Sacramento did previously.

This group could be a cohesive force for our state. Instead, it will be divisive.

It will be as Al Gore erroneously stated our nation’s motto: “E Pluribus Unum” — out of one, many. That is what the politicians want, and that is what they will get.

Welcome to one nation divided by redistricting: the new Tower of Babel.


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