Silencing A Vote… Despicable!

The We Draw The Lines Commission has released the 1st draft of the proposed map for redistricting the California Assembly, Senate and Congressional lines. This proposal is based on the November 2010 elections and census.  For Scott Valley the proposal spells DISASTER!

Senator Doug LaMalfa and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen have been outstanding supporters of water and property rights in Siskiyou County and Scott Valley. Additionally, Congressman Wally Herger has also served us well at the Federal level, particularly with National Forest and endangered species issues. With the newly proposed lines, they will no longer be our representatives.

The Scott Valley watershed has been cut away from the rest of Siskiyou County to become part of the North Coast. This is wrong and irresponsible of the commission. Currently, residents only have to drive an hour and a half to reach their elected representatives offices. Under the new proposal, we are looking at a four and half hour drive in the summer and more than a six-hour drive in the winter. We will essentially be cut off from representation.

I urge you all to contact the commission and let them know of the error they are making and REQUEST that a hearing be held in Yreka to discuss the issue.

Speak up and make your voice heard or you all shall be silenced in the near future. We must remain in Assembly District 2, Senate District 4 and Congressional District 2. Call 866-356-5217 AND submit online comments to the We Draw The Lines Commission at http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/contact.html.

A friend of mine on twitter sent me a link to a site that provides some good advice on what to include when you are providing input to the commission. http://redistrictinggroup.org/participate/developing-information-about-your-community/.

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  1. June 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    This goes along the same lines as the electoral college. Agriculture’s voice is cut off when a mere 15 states can elect the President, and only three of them are west of the Mississippi River…

  2. boogie
    June 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    please back up your sensationalist article title and explain how any vote is “silenced” by redistricting.

    you still have a vote, its just in a different district.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 12, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      With all due respect Boogie, in order for an elected representative to represent their constituents to the best of their ability, there needs to be mutual understanding and respect that can only be nurtured through personal contact. It is irresponsible for the commission to pull the Scott Valley out of our current districts, in which we are within an hour and a half to two hours away from our representatives and moving us to districts that require an average of five hours driving, one way.

      Over the past 23 years, that I have been able to vote, our valley has always had a close relationship with our representatives. It is common to see them or their field staff on at least a monthly basis. Our Congressman or his staff are in the valley every two months. Further, our state representatives have always made themselves available to been present at agency meetings that are held in Yreka and Redding. Why, because we have developed personal relationships with them.

      Bottom line, if a representative does not have the personal interaction and understanding of the situations of some of their constituents, those constituents cannot be prudently represented in Sacramento, in my humble opinion.

  3. boogie
    June 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    ..and your assumption is that another/different representative would be negligent in their duties than the current one? that they would never visit as the current reps have?

    the proposed redistricting is not to move Scott Valley to the district of columbia (a true case of taxation without representation).

    perhaps you disagree with the need for redistricting in the state? or just the current proposed alignment? how did you vote on that ballot measure?

    again, i ask you to substantiate your claim that any vote has been silenced.

    you will still have a vote, you will still have a representative, its still a democratic process, you can still contact whomever the elected official is. whether their office is in eureka, redding, sacramento, chico or DC is irrelevant in an age of telecommunications where they all have twitter, email, facebook, and yes, phones…[even in eureka]

    methinks your issue with eureka and the north coast has nothing at all to do with access and everything to do with a fear that the current reps in the new district alignment might not have the same views as wally & co

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      See response to your question below. I think I covered most of your questions. If not, feel free to ask away.

  4. boogie
    June 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    jeff,

    you might also want to offer a “common sense” explanation about why you feel the Scott Valley watershed (which drains to the same north coast district you seem to revile) should be represented by a Central Valley politician. are you afraid that the folks downstream in your drainage might have some different opinions about your runoff?

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 14, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      First and foremost, your assumption that their is “runoff” causing an issue in the watershed is in serious error and yes, an accusation shared by many in the North Coast district. It was also an assumption of the North Coast Water Quality Control Board, until they finally started looking at the data they have been collecting to prove it was a problem. It has now, finally, been realized that the habitat and water quality is not the issue. The problem is that not enough adult salmon are reaching our watershed to spawn. This is further supported by recent statements by the biologists from the Department of Fish and Game.

      Second, I do not know of another adjustment ever occurring that was drawn on a watershed boundary. Lines of adjustment are moved based on major highways and county lines.

      Third, if the past three elections are evaluated, the change in lines looks suspiciously political, which it should not be. By pulling just the Scott Valley, Salmon River and Happy Camp you bring the voting trend to nearly 50 : 50 in our current district and yet, do not impact past voting outcomes for the North Coast. Why not move the line to I-5? Because then both districts become “toss-ups” and we couldn’t have that…could we?

      Finally, it is no secret that there are many in the North Coast District who are polar opposites to many of us in the Scott Valley. We have been working collectively for the past two decades to actually recover both salmon and the spotted owls, while the opposition in the North Coast continue to try an regulate us off our land by limiting use and creating a plethora of onerous fees associated with permits and waivers.

      The change in lines will have no impact on the WQCB, DFG region or NF district that is responsible for our watershed. These will all stay the same. I object to the change most strenuously on the fact that I do not feel we will have the relationship with the elected officials that we have had.

      We share more socio-economic similarities with the folks from Modoc, Lassen, Trinity and Shasta counties than Del Norte, Humbolt, Mendocino, Lake, Napa and Sonoma…in my humble opinion.

      Personally, I think a grouping of Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity and Lassen with Shasta would make much more sense.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 14, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      Also, not sure if you heard, but Mrs Cassidy passed away a couple weeks ago. We were sure lucky to have her for Kindergarten.

  5. June 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    We have the same thing here in Missouri. St. Louis on one side of the state, Kansas City on the other. They used to be in small city based districts. Now the Kansas City district runs a couple counties wide to the middle of the state. I doubt farmers will be represented well with the city folks yelling in the representatives ear.

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