Citizens Redistricting Commission gives intitial approval to new political maps

A citizens panel on Friday gave tentative approval to new political boundaries in California despite complaints from Republican and African American activists that the maps are not fair.

Republican Michael Ward, a chiropractor from Anaheim, was the only member of the 14-person Citizens Redistricting Commission to vote against the draft maps for state Legislature and Board of Equalization districts. He was joined by Republican attorney Jodie Filkins Webber from Norco in voting against maps for California's congressional districts.

Ward said the commission failed to "take politics and special interests" out of the decision-making.  L.A. NOW

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