Redistricting according to the new census numbers

The new 2010 census numbers are out, and they show California's population has increased by 10 percent in the last decade, largely fueled by rapid growth among Hispanics and Asians. KUSI's Steve bosh reports on the latest numbers and what this means for California.

This is the slowest growth rate California has experienced since the 1930's, and for the first time since California became a state in 1850 we will not gain a Congressional seat.

While California's population increased 10 percent to 37.3 million the Hispanic population is now 38 percent of the population, and Asians are now 13 percent of all Californians. Blacks increased their share by 5.8 percent. Caucasian share declined by 7 percent.

San Diego County grew by 10 percent to 3.1 million, the second largest in the state. Latinos make up 32 percent of the population, Asians are now 11 percent, and for the first time whites have fallen below 50 percent.

These census numbers are of vital importance to state and local governments, and to politicians. Political consultant John Dadian says these numbers are significant because they're going to change our political landscape.

Although one thing in those numbers surprised Dadian. “Congress has a set number of 435 members of Congress. This is the first time since California became a state in 1850 that we have not increased our congressional delegation, ” said Dadian.  “That's a trend that surprised a lot of us.”

Significant because this year, for the first time in San Diego, and the state, the politicians will not be re-drawing the districts. Both the city and state have independent commissions drawing the boundaries. There will be no gerrymandering this time.

Midori Wong is the chief of staff for the city's redistricting commission, which is not really up and running yet but when it gets to work it has one core principal: it will look to add a 9th council district.

Incumbent council members will be poring over the census numbers to figure out if their districts are impacted.

The city commission has to re-draw the boundaries by August and incumbency is not a factor. Wong says once a new plan is drawn and adopted and made final, an incumbent is allowed to serve out the remainder of their term.

The city commission will hold a series of 18 public hearings before re-drawing the council district boundaries.

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