Published: Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

It’s not exactly Mega Millions or even Fantasy Five, but it will be a lottery-type atmosphere today when the first eight members of California’s new redistricting commission are chosen.

The state auditor’s office will draw the eight names from a final pool of 36, marking one of the final steps in a months-long process that started with approximately 31,000 applicants. The winning eight will then choose the other six panelists from the remaining pool by the end of the year. The final commission will consist of five Democrats, five Republicans and four members who are either independents or minor-party registrants.

And if that isn’t enough numerology, a Santa Monica College political science professor has calculated that there are 3.2 million possible combinations.

What’s more, Brian Lawson has predicted the eight names drawn will have more women than men, more incumbent-unfriendly members than not, more Latinos than members of any other ethnicity, more members with incomes in the $125,000-to-$250,000 range than any other, and more members (two) from Los Angeles than any other county.

– Dan Walters

WORTH REPEATING

“I believe that together we can usher in the era of America’s comeback through hard work and a strong commitment to our conservative principles.”

REP. KEVIN MCCARTHY, Bakersfield Republican, upon his election to the No. 3 post in the new GOP House leadership.

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