Can anyone in the whole State of California explain the above map to me? That's the map the State's redistricting commission is offering to you as the next map of Assembly district boundaries (?).
Oh, sure, you can click around and get a more precise map or two, and learn that the pluses and minuses have nothing to do with redistricting at all. If you're an Internet obsessive, you can learn that with some time.
[I always thought the purpose of putting things online was to make them clearer, not more opaque.]
But before explaining the above map to me, and why it stands in lieu of real redistricting information, you should first listen to Patt Morrison's KPCC segment on redistricting yesterday. Listen in while the hat lady lobs a redistricting commissioner obsequious softball after obsequious softball, and trashes everyone else.
And as a helpful reminder, here's how the Redistricting Commission wants to lump Los Feliz and Silver Lake together with their neighbors at Farmer John's slaughterhouse in Vernon:
Latino-dominated State Redistricting Commission shafts blacks again, caucus says
"La Raza Democrats" dominate redistricting commission