UPDATE, 10:30 a.m.: Again, these are first-draft maps and not the final word in the slightest. So it’s probably too early to speculate on who might replace Thompson as the next Congressman for the First District, right?

Well, it’s not too early for Assemblymember Jared Huffman, a former environmental attorney who has represented Marin County in Sacramento since 2006. Huffman will be termed out of the Assembly next year and would seem to be an instantly undefeatable candidate for an ultra-blue North Coast Congress seat running from Marin County to the Oregon border.

Last week Huffman told the Press-Democrat that he would be a “perfect fit” for such a seat. First thing this morning he hopped on Bruce Ross’ blog to flirt with the region a little bit.

UPDATE, 10:06 a.m.: The techical difficulty-plagued Citizens Redistricting Commission is on break. Right now, they’re not doing anything except introducing each of the proposed districts one-by-one. The big news for us, obviously, is right there in the new headline.

The home of Rep. Mike Thompson, the North Coast’s longtime representative in Congress, is drawn out of our district. Instead, his St. Helena home is attached to the Central Valley. Background here.

UPDATE, 9:56 a.m.: Detail draft maps for North Coast districts: Congress, State Senate, State Assembly.

UPDATE, 9:46 a.m.: Draft maps up! Thompson out of the First Congressional District!

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m.: They’re looking at First District Assembly first. The draft map stretches from Del Norte to Sonoma — basically the same as the current First District, although a staff member notes that the southern boundary of the district has been moved slightly north in response to population changes.

UPDATE, 9:41 a.m.: Meeting underway! The commission in going to review the maps now, so maybe we’ll get some answers.

UPDATE, 9:25 a.m.: California political junkies are effectively DDoSing the living tar out of the Citizens Redistricting Commission website, but I did manage to grab a copy of the .asx file that should get you to the live stream of the commission meeting, the opening of which has been delayed until 9:30 a.m. If you’re interested, you can click right here and see if it gets you there.

UPDATE, 9:20 a.m.: …aaaaaaand the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s website is down, of course.

UPDATE, 8:57 a.m.: So I am not completely insane. The Record-Searchlight’s Bruce Ross saw the maps this morning, as did KION-TV on the Central Coast.

“Maps were briefly posted on the commission’s website before 7:00 a.m., but were taken down (see links below).”

… says KION. The question now is whether I was right in seeing Napa County and Mike Thompson still in the First District, or whether Bruce Ross was right in seeing Thompson booted. Don’t count the Redding Kid out.

The Citizens Redistricting Commission meets this morning, starting at 9 a.m. You can watch the broadcast live at this link.

UPDATE: Something strange is going on. The maps were up there on the CRC site plain as day when I posted this item. Now they’re gone. Bruce Ross’s link in the comments doesn’t work. I’m losing my mind. Stay tuned.


The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its first-draft stab at reorganizing the state’s legislative and Congressional districts.

As far as Humboldt County goes, it looks like very little has changed. All our districts continue to run north-south, and Rep. Mike Thompson’s St. Helena homebase is still our First Congressional District.

Earlier: Redding Wants You, The Citizens Redistricting Commission Doesn’t Care About You, Holy Moly, Is Rep. Mike Thompson Getting Booted to Yuba City?