California's new redistricting commission was made whole Friday when Angelo Ancheta was chosen from six other Democratic candidates to replace a member who resigned earlier this month.
Ancheta, a San Francisco resident, is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. He has taught classes and conducted research in constitutional rights, voting rights and election law.
Ancheta will fill a seat left vacant by Democrat Elaine Kuo, who resigned Jan. 14, citing "personal issues" that arose recently and unexpectedly. The Mountain View resident did not elaborate.
The 14-member redistricting commission, approved by passage of Proposition 11 in 2008, is responsible for drawing legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts by Aug. 15.
The panel must consist of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four independent or minor-party voters.
With Ancheta's selection, the panel now consists of four Asian Americans, three Caucasians, three Hispanic or Latino members, two African Americans, one Pacific Islander, and one from the category of American Indian or Alaska native.
Ancheta is the second commissioner from San Francisco County. Four commissioners are from Los Angeles and one apiece are from Yolo, San Joaquin, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Alameda, Ventura and Santa Cruz counties.