Redistricting madness! with Andres Ramos

In a move confusing nearly every Sacramentan, City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood has announced that Sacramento City Council members are, in fact, still in charge of the districts they ran before redistricting last December, adding major implications to a recall push by reactionaries against District 4 Councilmember Katie Valenzuela. The new districts will not go into effect until their upcoming elections in 2022 and 2024. 

So what does that mean for an area like East Sacramento, which will technically not have representation until 2024 after the next District 4 election? And who can now participate in the Valenzuela recall? If it makes the ballot this year, will Land Park residents be able to vote both in the District 7 election (where they will subsequently be represented) AND the recall? If so, why? 

We spoke with some of the state’s top redistricting experts to get the inside scoop. 

We also discuss the new homelessness ballot measure that the city council was coerced into putting into play by local business leaders, with little notice to the community (and just days after the worst mass shooting the region has seen in the modern era). 

Yousef Baig outlined just how disgusting this move by business leaders was last week, while councilmembers Katie Valenzuela and Mai Vang wrote an op-ed explaining the problems with the measure

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