Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley


Published: 30 October 2011 08:05 PM

The California Supreme Court felt otherwise, but part of the unsuccessful court challenge to the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s state Senate plan centered on complaints about what the maps do in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The redraw puts San Bernardino County, which has more than 2 million people, into parts of six Senate districts of about 931,348 people apiece. One of the districts, the 23{+r}{+d}, wraps from Rancho Cucamonga all the way to Menifee in Riverside County.

“Like other San Bernardino County districts, this district absorbs distant communities with nothing in common,” the suit reads.

The map also created a Riverside County district, the 28{+t}{+h}, that extends from Riverside’s Woodcrest neighborhood to the Arizona border.

“The Commission has drawn elongated and illogical districts throughout the Inland Empire, and Senate District 28 is the example in Riverside County,” the suit reads.

Some Republicans fear that the Senate maps give Democrats a strong chance of achieving a two-thirds majority in the upper house. With last week’s Supreme Court decision to not hear the suit, GOP opponents of the Senate plan continue to collect signatures to block the plan at the ballot box.

The failure of the legal challenge disappointed former GOP redistricting staffer Tony Quinn, the expert witness in the case. But he still has high hopes for qualifying a referendum on the plan, which he expects will trigger a new Senate map for next year’s election.

“The courts have gotten into this only when they are forced to,” Quinn said


When news broke last week that Rep. Connie Mack, husband of Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack, was going to enter Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Democratic circles in Washington were abuzz with questions about what the decision might mean for the seven-term Palm Springs Republican.

“What does this mean for Rep. Mary Bono Mack?” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider questioned via Twitter early Thursday.

It didn’t take long for Bono Mack to answer.

“What does it mean? It means I will run, and run a great race and plan to win in November,” she said in an interview a few hours later.

Bono Mack, who often sits next to her husband on the House floor, quickly dispelled any notions that she would seek to follow Mack to the other end of the Capitol Building, if he is successful. She said she has no plans to take on Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., next year.

“I’m very happy where I’m at,” she said.


Speaking of congressional races, another week went by without an announcement from Rep. Jerry Lewis about which — if any seat — he will run for in 2012.

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