From where we stand, the lines look pretty good, indeed.
For the Assembly, Tracy, Mountain House and Stockton share a district that also encompasses a wide swath of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The state Senate district is virtually all of San Joaquin County — as logical a boundary as you can find when it comes to politics — with Modesto and Galt thrown into the mix.
And when it comes to Congress, the local gerrymander that was the 11th District has officially been slain.
Sure, they aren’t perfect. We can find fault with pretty much any of the maps, especially the congressional one that has Mountain House and Tracy in separate districts, lumping Tracy in with Stanislaus County.
But we can safely say that the CCRC’s work — and the process that led to it — is light years better than the hack job politicians perpetrated on the citizenry when it was their job to draw the boundaries back in 2001.
That travesty led Tracy’s congressional district to include not only Lodi and Manteca, but Danville, San Ramon and Morgan Hill. It also led to San Joaquin County not having a single state or federal elected official live within its boundaries.
It was all in the name of protecting incumbents and their political fiefdoms.
So, imperfections aside, the new boundaries are a triumph for voters and a clear sign that electors, not the elected, should be in charge of redistricting.
Too bad our county supervisors couldn’t have learned the same lesson months ago.
Instead of entrusting citizens to draw supervisorial boundaries, San Joaquin County’s elected officials drew their own maps and, over the past few months, shifted boundaries to include this region or exclude that planned development from certain districts.
The result is a set of districts that seem more about protecting political power than best serving the electorate.
Thankfully, Tracy-area Supervisor Leroy Ornellas is putting together a ballot initiative that would demand the county’s supervisorial districts be redrawn by a citizen commission.
We’re in favor of it. Because, time and time again, elected officials have shown they can’t be trusted to decide who votes for them. Even if they profess the best intentions.