Howard Lawrence Berman

Supreme Court decision a victory for 'we the people'

Supreme Court decision a victory for 'we the people'

Just a note to those California Democratic Party leaders who have been spending the last few months sketching new congressional districts in anticipation of Monday's Supreme Court ruling in a case out of Arizona: Put down your pencils and put away your maps. The court rejected a challenge to Arizona's redistricting law, so California's very similar process — with an independent citizens commission instead of the state Legislature drawing districts — is also safe. District lines here are valid. Gerrymandering will not be making a comeback.

Legislatures are dominated by whichever party holds the majority, and in Arizona that would be the Republicans, in California the...