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Easy come, easy go? Perhaps.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, after releasing "visualizations" of legislative and congressional districts last week, is fine-tuning the proposals in ways that appear to help some politicians.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez initially was targeted for a Republican congressional district, but she would be saved by revisions unveiled Tuesday, according to Redistricting Partners, a political research firm.

Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, no longer would be targeted for the same Senate district as colleague Joel Anderson, R-Alpine; and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, no longer would be drawn into an Orange County Republican district, the research firm noted.

San Francisco's two Senate districts would be slashed to one under conceptual boundaries released Tuesday, the firm added.

Though any lines drawn will impact incumbents and potential candidates, positively or negatively, the commission is prohibited by law from considering politicians' residences and has not done so in deliberations.

Additional changes are likely, either this week or before Aug. 15, when final maps of legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts must be completed by the commission.

The 14-member panel is scheduled to release its first draft maps Friday, then solicit public testimony statewide.

Redistricting Partners is led by Paul Mitchell, a Democratic political consultant whose resume includes a four-year stint as political director of EdVoice, an education advocacy group.


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