by David Mas Masumoto
published Sacramento Bee, September 30, 2012
Welcome to the political geography of California. A surreal political map of California looks like a state on drugs, a wild refiguring of regions based on voting patterns.
Based on a study titled “California’s Political Geography” by Eric McGhee and Daniel Krimm from the Public Policy Institute of California (for full disclosure, I’m on the PPIC board), this map graphically illustrates the political power of larger urban areas of the state. More people and more voters live in those regions, and they eclipse – some will contend distort – the rest of the state’s geography.