Weekend Open Thread: The Big Lines, Ten Years Later… and SO MUCH MORE!

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Vern has a Facebook up post up marking the anniversary of a trio of stories on the release of the first lines presented by the Citizens Redistricting Commission, which were first reported in this blog, before anyone else, exactly ten years ago, which is when I first got involved with OJB.  (Has it really been ten years already?  It feels like thirty.)  And speaking of scoops, with the lines changing sometime I can now publicly acknowledge what AD-65 looks like:

Hopefully, the new districts boundaries will not include an outline of a dog looking back at you over its shoulder to watch you watching it do its business.  This is from a series I did to educate DPOC members about the back then about the new districts by treating them like constellations.

You can read the stories from Sept. 30, 2011 about the new Congressional district boundaries, the new State Senate Districts, and the new Assembly districts at their respective links.  Note that the Redistricting Commission wants to get a a delay (because Covid) and turn in the final lines by January 14, 2022, so if they’re granted it you’ll see the updates to those stories at that time.

Most of the analysis was plausible enough, though some predictions didn’t pan out (like the Ed Royce vs. Gary Miller fight to the death in the north — Miller instead skedaddled eastward, where he lasted two more terms.)  The prediction of the overall shift of the county was right on — but no one in 2011 could have foreseen Democrats winning all seven Congressional seats in 2018.  That was nuts.  But hopefully Jay Chen can send Trump-loving and sedition-appeasing Young Kim back home next year, and maybe something good will happen in CD-48 as well.

And speaking of CD-48, home of much of Huntington Beach, Vern and my ancestral hometown has been back in the news not only for choosing Rhonda Bolton as its new swing vote on Council — thank you Barbara Delglieze for facing down the madding crowd and bringing the city a little normalcy — but for two stories making national news.

First, Kanoa Igarashi, resident of Surf City but competing for Japan, took a silver medal in the surfing competition in Tokyo.  (A Hawaiian  competing for the U.S. took the women’s gold.  Hard not to feel good for the host country, though!) The story linked is not a recap of his win, but recounting that he apparently now has a mega-ginormous amount of groupies on TikTok and elsewhere who are highly taken with him.

Where there is glory, there is also infamy. A Huntington Beach restaurant owner going by the name of Tony Roman  made the news by claiming that he would require customers to prove that they had not been vaccinated. His restaurant, which is named something like ImBecilico’s, has been pushing hard against public health this past year — which is exactly the sort of thing most of us want in a place to eat.  If you go there and order a calzone, you should but it open first to make sure that it hasn’t been stuffed with the innards of a My Pillow. My bet is that either he wants the city or county to shut him down so that he might be able to make some money suing them, or that he wants someone to burn the place down for the insurance money. Don’t give him what he wants –including, it seems, Covid.

Speakin’ of which, here’s Vern’s latest:

This is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about that or anything else you’d like within reasonable bounds of taste and breathing.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)