On Quality of Life: Redistricting; Drunk Driving

May 10, 2011

Segment I - Redistricting - While it doesn't get nearly as much attention as the state's on-going budget debate, behind the scenes, work is underway on a set of maps that could dramatically alter California politics for a decade to come. The State's 14 member Citizens Redistricting Commission is currently at work on redrawing the lines of the state's assembly, state senate and congressional districts. And in a state where major decisions such as the budget and big social issues often are decided by just one or two votes, the stakes for all those are high. On this edition of Quality of Life, Valley Public Radio's Tracey Scharmann brings us a special report on what redistricting means for the Valley. We also talk about the politics and practice of drawing legislative district boundaries with Dan Walters, columnist for The Sacramento Bee, and Dr. Stanley Clark, professor of political science at Cal State Bakersfield.

Segment II – Drunk Driving - With Memorial Day and high school graduations right around the corner, the issue of drunk driving is front of mind for many Californians. In this segment we talk to Officer Matt Radke of the California Highway Patrol, who takes the anti-drunk driving message into area schools, and Barry Gleason of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving.