Requiem for Reapportionment and Recalls

Democrats for Equality,

We want to thank our LGBTQ elected officials and club members who turned out in force last weekend for the virtual rally supporting Carlsbad Councilmember Cori Schumacher.

Over 130 attendees took time out of their Saturday afternoon and virtually attended.

Although, Cori is under attack from right-wing, sexist, and homophobic forces, the amount of love from our community for her leadership in North County was on display.

We love you Cori — and we’ve got your back!

Earlier today, the U.S. Census released their preliminary counts and their reapportionment report. Reapportionment is the process that occurs every 10 years after the federal Census numbers are released that determines the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that each state is allocated.

Unfortunately, for the first time in our state’s history, California will lose a Congressional seat dropping from 53 seats to 52.

According to the Sacramento Bee’s report of the news today, the seat loss is expected to come from the Los Angeles area.

Of course, all of the district lines ranging from Congress, to the state legislature, to the Board of Supervisors, to local city councils and school boards will all soon be redrawn for the 2022 elections.

With the Los Angeles area expected to lose a House seat, it is expected that San Diego County will continue to have 5 congressional seats, however it will depend on how all the district lines get finalized. For more info on redistricting, please check out the state’s redistricting commission.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: California Gov. Gavin Newsom (L) speaks during a news conference after touring the vaccination clinic at City College of San Francisco with San Francisco Mayor London Breed (R) on April 06, 2021 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state of California has administered over 20 million vaccinations and currently has the lowest positivity rate in the United States. The governor also announced that California is on track for a full reopening by June 15th with continued mask wearing and people getting vaccinated. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The other big news today, was that signature gatherers have apparently submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for a recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Petitioners have 30 business days to request their signature be removed from the petition.

Right-wing, Trump-loving candidates have started lining up to run including John Cox (who Governor Newsom beat by 24 points in 2018), and our former Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Current/former/who-cares reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is looking at running, and has so far setup a campaign site that includes two options: shop or donate.

On Caitlyn Jenner for a second… there are a fair number of social media comments purposefully misgendering her.

They are out there.

They are hurtful.

I won’t give them the time of day by linking to them, but trans women are women. Misgendering is wrong, and I would encourage our club members to respectfully correct those inaccuracies when you see it happen whether it happens to Caitlyn or other trans women.

That being said, it’s fair to say that we’ve been down that road with electing less-than-qualified reality TV stars into office.

It didn’t turn out well.

At all.

Anyone remember the last 4 years? They were terrible, and if a recent comment controversy from Caitlyn Jenner is any indictor, she needs a crash course in Civics 101 before running the 5th largest economy in the world.

Our friends at Equality California have also weighed in on her recall candidacy in this piece in the L.A. Times.
The last thing we’ll say is that this recall needs to be defeated. Our state Democratic Party is opposed to the recall.

Recent polling shows that 56% of voters aren’t interested in recalling our Democratic Governor unlike the last time California voters went through a recall election.

By all accounts, this recall election is shaping up to be a different beast entirely and we need to be ready to stand up and oppose this too.

I love you all,

Ryan Trabuco (he/him/his)
Club President
San Diego Democrats for Equality