SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — California's rapidly changing demographics could mean a very different political picture in the decade ahead as new district boundaries are drawn that shift representation away from the coast.
The population of inland cities has grown, so more compact and un-gerrymandered district lines would probably give San Joaquin County more representatives than the Bay Area counties, said Angelo Ancheta, a law professor who sits on the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
"The population growth in the central and eastern parts of the states is much bigger than the coastal areas, so we're going to see some shifting," he said.
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Ancheta said the new Congressional and legislative districts should be more sensibly balanced, no matter how odd they may look on paper given the complexities of redistricting.
"I think the public would love to see these perfect geometric forms," he said.
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