Longtime FlashReport contributor Matt Rexroad is a pretty accomplished guy. If you ask him, he’ll tell you he is most humbled by his experiences as a husband and a father — and serving our nation’s military. But beyond that he serves in elected office as a Yolo County Supervisor, and is one of California’s most accomplished political consultants. He might choose to blah blah blah about the University of Southern California — but FR readers know that doesn’t impress me (it’s a negative, actually). Oh yeah, Matt’s an attorney, and he has dived head-first into redistricting issues — both at the partisan level (BOE, Congress, State Senate, State Assembly) and also in many localities.
We’ve benefited from Matt’s delving into what new lines might bring as he has posted up some theoretical seats for us that have caused people to really understand how some legislative districts might drastically change.
Earlier Matt sent over a Matt to me about what a newly drawn 68th Assembly District in Central Orange County might look like.
In preparing the map, which you can see in miniature form on this page, and in it’s detailed glory via the link below, Matt had some thoughts in mind:
- The Voting Rights Act requires Latino residents to be in one district. Orange County might have two Latino Assembly districts.
- If they do, Santa Ana and Anaheim will probably be in different districts.
- At the same time, Asian voters to the west will want to be concentrated in a different (but probably Republican) Assembly district.
The map drawn by Matt actually presumes that there will be two districts with large Latino populations — and this one pairs up Santa And and most of the City of Orange (as well as parts of Tustin and Irvine).
Here it is: LINK